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Creamy Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Salad

This healthy broccoli quinoa salad is tossed with a creamy cashew dressing and makes for a filling, yet surprisingly light side dish. It's also vegan, gluten-free and high-fiber too!

One of my favorite things to make when I'm short on time is roasted broccoli. It's quick, it's easy, it's healthy and it's delicious. But for those times where simple roasted broccoli sounds kind of “blah”, I toss it in an amazing creamy vegan dressing, throw in some quinoa and call it my amazing Broccoli Quinoa Salad!

You know I'm all about my creamy dressings, especially when they involve tahini (which is pretty much all the time), but I'm throwing you a curveball with this salad and making the base of our dressing out of cashew butter!

a perfect creamy vegan dressing made with cashew butter

The Perfect Creamy Vegan Dressing

Personally, I think cashew butter is one of the most underrated nut butters out there. It has the most amazing texture – we're talking super creamy – and the flavor is amazing. A tiny bit sweet, and a very subtle nuttiness.

When I originally shared this recipe back in 2014, I made the dressing out of raw cashews. But the thing with raw cashews is that you need to a) soak them for a few hours and b) blend them.

That means more time and more dishes. And friends? I'm all about simplifying!

So that's what we're doing with our dressing. It comes together in just a few seconds, no need to dirty up your blender and I actually like it better than the original. With the pop of lemon and dijon mustard, mixed with the brightness from the parsley, it's a pretty darn delicious dressing (that would also go super well with my buddha bowls).

vegan broccoli quinoa salad with a creamy cashew dressing

For the salad part, it's simple. We're quickly roasting up some broccoli in olive oil, then tossing it with some cooked quinoa for protein, sliced almonds for crunch and this creamy cashew dressing.

Stir it all together and d-o-n-e!

Don't you just love when things are easy? I know I do!

healthy broccoli quinoa salad with a vegan cashew dressing

Why you'll love this Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Aside from it being easy to make, this salad is also…

Packed with fiber
Great for digestion
Full of healthy fats and protein
Plant-based & gluten-free
And did I mention tasty?

Yeah, it's super tasty too!

vegan broccoli quinoa salad with a creamy cashew dressing

And the texture is perfect. It's rich and filling, but still super light. It makes a great side dish, can easily be meal prepped, can be served warm or cold, and can be jazzed up when needed.

Want to make this entree portion? You can easily spruce it up to make it an entree size by adding chicken or chickpeas, or keep it as is for a simple side dish or light lunch.

Either way, I'm sure (even if you're a dairy-lover), you'll be a cashew butter dressing convert after you try this creamy broccoli quinoa salad.

creamy broccoli quinoa salad recipe with a vegan cashew dressing

Looking for more quinoa salads recipes? Try one of these:

Creamy Vegan Broccoli & Quinoa Salad

4.7 from 6 votes
This creamy vegan broccoli & quinoa salad is the perfect side dish! It's packed with flavor and nutrition and tastes almost like a Caesar salad. Quick and easy to make, it's sure to get gobbled up!
author: Alyssa
yield: 2 servings
creamy vegan broccoli quinoa salad with sliced almonds
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


for the salad:

for the dressing:


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss broccoli in oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and roast until golden brown and softened slightly, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • While broccoli is roasting, prepare the dressing. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients until smooth. The mixture will be thick, so whisk in water a splash at a time until it's runny enough to pour.
  • When broccoli is done, remove from oven and transfer to mixing bowl. Add quinoa and almonds, and toss to combine.
  • Pour dressing over broccoli-quinoa mixture and stir until evenly coated.
  • Serve immediately (for a warm salad) or chill in fridge for at least two hours.



Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1765IU | Vitamin C: 172.3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4mg
cuisine: American
course: Salad

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vegan broccoli quinoa salad with a creamy cashew butter dressing