Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Yams: A Nutritious Twist on a Classic Dish

Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Yams: A Nutritious Twist on a Classic Dish

Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Yams combines the wholesome goodness of quinoa with the classic flavors of Waldorf salad, and a unique addition of roasted yams. This delightful salad is packed with nutrients and provides a flavorful, crunchy, and satisfying meal that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.

Description of the Dish
The Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Yams marries the earthy flavors of quinoa, the sweetness of raisins, tartness from green apples, crunchy celery, and the richness of roasted yams. Bound together with a creamy yogurt-based dressing, this salad keeps the traditional essence while adding modern superfoods for a healthy and delectable twist.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 medium yams, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large green apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the quinoa: In a medium pot, bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork and let it cool.
  2. Roast the yams: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss the cubed yams with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for about 25-30 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned, turning once halfway through. Let cool.
  3. Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  4. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted yams, chopped apple, celery, walnuts, and raisins.
  5. Mix it all together: Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss gently to combine, ensuring everything is well coated.
  6. Serve: Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator for an hour to let the flavors meld together. Enjoy your nutritious and delicious Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Yams!