We know it's easy to overspend on to-go salads for lunch and at your favorite restaurant when you need a grain bowl fix. But before you reach for the cheap takeout menu or frown over a bowl of leftovers, know you've got way better options: This week's featured foodie, Alyssa Rimmer of Simply Quinoa, shares seven vibrant and unique ways to celebrate the always-popular gluten-free ingredient.

 Chili Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

With chili-roasted sweet potatoes, earthy black beans, crunchy lettuce, and a creamy avocado-cilantro dressing, this salad has everything you need for a nutritious and delicious meal.

Vegan Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

This light, summery salad is packed full of antioxidants. Bursting with sweet blueberries and tossed in a basil dressing, it will excite your taste buds and fuel your body.

Farmer’s Market Quinoa Salad

This salad is the perfect way to use up your farmer’s market haul. Can customize it with any veggies you find in your area—the more, the better!

Vegetarian Kale Salad

With garlicky kale, crispy chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and toasted raw quinoa, this meatless salad makes a perfect light dinner.

Grilled Corn Quinoa Salad

This corn salad is bound to become a summertime barbecue favorite. Serve it as a side dish, pile it on top of tacos, or dig in salsa-style with chips.

Vegan Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas

This vegan chopped salad stars warm chickpeas and a creamy tarragon-tahini dressing.

Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Quinoa Salad

This simple salad contains crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and buttery avocado. Toss with a quick lemon dressing to complement the veggies.

Alyssa currently resides in New York. To learn more about her, check out her blog, and follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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