Quinoa Salad with Smokey Bear Dressing

Is it weird that the entire time I was enjoying this bowl of quinoa salad I was thinking of Smokey the bear?


Only you can prevent forest fires…

Oh my gosh, blast from the past.

But this recipe isn’t about bears, or forest fires, or PSA’s from 1950, sorry to disappoint.

This recipe is about smoky dressing that pairs nicely with quinoa, beans, and is great heated up, too.

It has a smokey BBQ flavor with a slight kick at the end.

If smokey the bear could pick his favorite dressing, I think he’d choose this one.

Smokey Bear Dressing
Recipe type: Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 2C
Low fat sweet BBQ flavored gluten-free salad dressing.
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup unpasteurized honey
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon onion
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon herbamare
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • dash of freshly ground pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


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Smokey Bear Quinoa
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Serves: 3C
  • 1 cup mixed beans
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 8 baby tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • ¼ cup curly parsley, diced
  • ¼ cup smokey bear dressing
  • ⅛ medium red onion, sliced
  1. Mix and serve!


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After I finished enjoying this salad last night, Lexy, Pebbles and I went out into the backyard to let off some steam. They were running around the house like crazy. Chasing one another, barking… maybe they were jealous of my dinner?

That happens a lot around here.

After 45 minutes of fetching the ball at least 3582735982 times, I decided to take them inside and make a batch of their favorite snack, Cinnibone Dog Treats.

There was no running around after that! I even got some shots of Lexy staying still! She never, ever does that for me.

Struggling to lose weight


  1. I’m so confused- is the nutritional info for this recipe what the link is for, or is that simply for the dressing.
    How much is a serving size of this dressing? I ask because one serving (of either salad or just the dressing- again see question above) is 34 carbs. Can that be right? That blows my whole day’s carbs on a reasonable serving of dressing. If the serving size is small (some people recommend 2 tbsp of dressing for a salad) then this recipe could easily get out of hand.

  2. Regarding the dressing is the 2 tablespoons onion is that grated onion or onion powder. Also, is the 1 tablespoon mustard dry or wet?

  3. Just in case anyone is wondering, the Smokey Bear Dressing is AMAZING! I haven’t paired it with Quinoa salad so I can’t comment on that. But the dressing….yummy…..I could just drink it!

  4. Wow this is a great recipe for salad dressing. I think I will add some more EVOO because I love it so much. Im new to the blogging scene but I’ve seen yours before. You have a wonderful blog! :)

    • Hi Joshua – thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself! Welcome to the blogging community, and enjoy the dressing :)