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Copycat Bonefish Quinoa Salad

 An easy, fresh, homemade version of the quinoa salad at Bonefish Grill. Copycat Bonefish Quinoa Salad is healthy and filling! Goes great with chicken or fish and makes a terrific lunch!

Copycat Bonefish Grill Quinoa Salad

I was not quick to jump on the quinoa bandwagon. I made a few dishes with it the first time I bought it. I tried using it in place of rice or pasta here and there because once Beyonce’ mentioned doing that and well… I mean it couldn’t hurt, right?

Anyway, for awhile quinoa was just a mediocre grain for me. The texture can be kinda funny — like in a stir fry it sticks to my broccoli. And I like it in granola but really I like oats better. That’s probably not very cool and trendy. But then cool and trendy is not anything I ever really claimed to be.

THEN I spent a weekend with my sisters and after eating a game-changing quinoa salad side dish in a delicious little restaurant, I came right home and re-made it because I loved it so much. That was the first time I was really really on board, and not just because I was aiming for a healthy grain. I mean… when it’s done right? Quinoa is totally awesome.

How to Make the Bonefish Grill Quinoa Salad

Enter the Bonefish Grill. Last time we visited I ordered their red quinoa salad with my meal and then proceeded to embarrass myself at the dinner table trying to get every last granule of tart light grain goodness out of the bowl. IT WAS FLIPPING DELICIOUS.

So I decided to try it at home.

I did not use red quinoa because honestly I can’t readily find it here so I thought it might be the same for you. Also… this copycat may not be totally accurate. I might be missing a thing or two but I got it to my liking and I know that if you are a fan of the Bonefish side dish or you just want a delicious light meal accompaniment you will love this. It’s fresh and citrus-ey and the edamame makes it kind of meaty while still feeling light. I had this for lunch 3 days in a row.

So the moral is that this quinoa bandwagon is definitely one to get on — no more mediocrity!

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe


Copycat Bonefish Quinoa salad
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Serves: 6
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup steamed edamame, cooled
  • ⅓ cup red (or green!) bell pepper, diced
  • ⅓ cup Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ⅓ cup cucumber, diced
  • ⅓ cup choppped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Cool slightly
  2. Steam the edamame according to package instructions, drain, and cool.
  3. Toss together the cooked quinoa, steamed edamame, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, and cilantro. Toss so that it is evenly colorful!
  4. Squeeze the lemon & lime juice over the salad. Add salt to taste and toss so the juice coats everything.
  5. Chill and serve!


Bonefish Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Friday 15th of May 2015

I personally love quinoa, it's my other half who poo poos it. BUT if I made it right, as in if I try this, he's sure to change his hating ways! Anything with edamame is a winner!

Heather Tullos

Friday 15th of May 2015

My kids hate quinoa. Fortunately I love this recipe so much I DO NOT care. I totally ate it for lunch 4 days last week.

Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

Thursday 14th of May 2015

This seriously looks like the yummiest quinoa salad! I am crazy about quinoa and am definitely making this soon! :)

Heather Tullos

Friday 15th of May 2015

Thank you so much Chelsea! This one is at the top of my easy favorites list!

theresa habet

Wednesday 23rd of April 2014

I made this for dinner tonight it was delicious thank you for all your great recipes also made the line corn on the grill yum yum!!!


Thursday 24th of April 2014

Awesome Theresa! It is seriously my favorite thing hearing back after people cook from my site. So glad you enjoyed it! Happy Cooking!


Monday 21st of April 2014

I loved your version! I've been looking everywhere for a good copy recipe of their quinoa salad but none of them included cilantro, which I felt was a key ingredient! thank you so much! It was delicious!


Thursday 24th of April 2014

Thank you so much Nikole! I think the cilantro is totally key here too! I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading!!