Alkaline Diet Recipe #101: Alkaline Quinoa Salad with Avocado

This is an awesomely easy and highly alkaline salad that I love all year ’round. In winter you can serve with the quinoa still warm, and it’s warming, filling and satisfying. In summer, cool the quinoa first and you’ve got a fresh, vibrant salad that as delicious as it is refreshing.

Quinoa is an ancient grass seed from South America, which was once called “the gold of the Incas”, who believed that due to its nutritional benefits it increases the stamina of their warriors. I’ll have some of that!

It’s not actually a grain and it’s completely gluten free -plus it’s packed with protein and fibre.

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Quinoa is a “complete” protein, which means that it includes all nine essential amino acids. In addition to protein, it is also packed with other valuable nutrients like manganese, iron, magnesium, copper and phosphorus. All very alkaline.

The other ingredients which are all alkalising like tomatoes, cucumber, onions, pine nuts, lemon juice and lemon zest, give this salad its lovely flavour and texture.

Quinoa Salad with Avocados

Serves 2 as a main dish
Serves 4 as a side dish


1 Cucumber, peeled and cut into small dices
1 Avocado, take out the stone and cut into quarters
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 Small red onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 Cups quinoa
1/2 Cup of pine nuts
1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tsp grated lemon zest
1 Handful fresh parsley, chopped
Himalayan crystal salt or celtic sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Bring about 2 litres salted water to a boil. Add the quinoa, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 14 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. You know this when small “tails” bloom from grains.

Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius. Spread the pine nuts on a baking tray and toast them in the oven until lightly browned. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes. Cool afterwards and put into a large serving bowl.

Drain the quinoa and rinse it under cool running water. Drain again. Add the quinoa to the pine nuts and stir in the onion, tomatoes, cucumber and parsley.

Drizzle over the olive oil, lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper. To garnish place the avocado quarters over the salad.

I hope you enjoy this healthy alkaline salad!


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  1. Michelle Robinson Reply

    By the way Ross I would love if you had more complete sentences. Great recipe though.

  2. Gayl Reply

    Hello I am highly acidic as discovered by test strips. I knew I was acidic but didn’t know the level. So here I am at a young age of 73 attempting to drastically change my diet. I also take Nexium which from what I’ve read is working against me. I’m going to try your Quinoa avocado recipe that sounds delicious. I googled alkalizing recipes and you came up. Your ideas for alkalizing recipes are needed for me to start getting healthy. The hardest for me is giving up coffee, chocolate, you name it..all the stuff bad for me. I’m glad I found you. Gayl

  3. Dingo Reply

    You include tomatoes, lemon juice and lemon zest in your list of alkalising ingredients. Are you sure this is correct?

    • ross Reply

      Yes- they are alkaline-forming once metabolized by the body.

  4. Julie Reply

    I have made a couple of your recipes, most recently the quinoa avocado salad – the quantities were enough for an army, my husband and I eat masses for 2 days and still had to throw some away, would it be possible to use weights instead of cups as the other recipe was too big too. I have bought a proper cup measure. I love the idea of your way of eating but can’t bear waste!

  5. Renea Reply

    This recipe is perfect!!!!

    I didn’t add any nuts, and instead of using red onions, I sub it for white – they seem to have a crispier taste.

    But I LOVE the taste; it’s light and lunch & dinner friendly. Perfect for a busy alkalizing woman like myself. =)

  6. Beatrice Reply

    Since I start juicing a month ago I am getting constipated.
    What would be the reason and how can I get back in track?
    Thank you

  7. em Reply

    I love this recipe…one question quinoa 100% alkaline? what about quinoa flour?

  8. KK Woo Reply

    Good day to you Poss
    Re ‘alkaline breakfast’ what would be a nice hot alkaline drink that tastes like coffee.

  9. Xavier Reply

    One cup of pine nuts???$$$

  10. Social Weight Loss Reply

    Thanks for the recipe it looks like so delicious 🙂

  11. Lisa Reply

    Great blog with great information.This recipe sounds great I will have to try it sometime.

  12. Andrew Reply

    Great just what I had left over in the cupboard and refrigerator before my shop tomorrow. Tastes great and fills for hours. Really appreciate the effort you guys put into energiseforlife! it makes all the difference.

  13. Bibi Reply

    Hello there,

    many apologies for missing out the pine nuts in the recipe.

    Yes about a cup of pine nuts is correct.

  14. Vanessa Reply

    This sounds great!! I have a big jar of quinoa in the cupboard that needs to be used by the end of this month. Just need to pick up some of the other ingredients and I now have a great little dish to enjoy for lunch. Thanks!

  15. aj Reply

    The pine nuts are missing out of the ingredients. I’m guessing bout a cup?