Southwestern Quinoa Salad Print 6 LikeDislike By Alex Lane I’m a little obsessed with quinoa. Sometimes called an “ancient grain,” it can be used as an alternative to rice in recipes, and is packed with fiber and more protein than your average grain. Quinoa can be added to soups, salads, and if creative, even pizza crust, savory cakes or fritters.I like to make a big batch of this and bring it to work as my healthy lunch for the week (one and done!). This quinoa salad works great for lunch and dinner. Sometimes I eat it with tortilla chips, or I’ll throw it on top of some mixed greens to make a salad. You can also use this as taco filling, or as a tasty side for a meal.