While lunchtime has much potential, in reality it's far too often a rotation of soggy sandwiches, flat-tasting soups, and wilted salads. Avoid midday meal disappointment by preparing a sturdy quinoa salad — many taste nearly as good on the second, or even third, day — to bring with you to work, to school, or on a picnic. Here are a few tasty options.
Source: Damn Delicious , Anna Monette Roberts, Little Ferraro Kitchen , Cooking Classy 
"Everything" Salad: Quinoa, Raisins, Pine Nuts, and More
This salad really does have everything! Kale, mint, raisins, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and other scrumptious ingredients work together to turn your meal  into a beautiful orchestra of flavors.
Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta
Sweet-tart cherries combine with creamy, briny feta and crunchy slivered almonds in this summertime offering .
Photo: Nicole Perry
Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Orange Vinaigrette
Give your brown-bag lunch a tropical shakeup. This spicy, citrus-dressed black bean quinoa salad  is almost as good as taking a trip south of the border.
Kale, Quinoa, and Blueberry Salad
This novel salad  incorporates a wide variety of flavors, including seaweed, blueberries, and tomatoes. You'll love getting a taste of both land and sea in one salad.
Photo: Leta Shy
Rainbow Quinoa Salad With Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette
A rainbow in a bowl, this citrus quinoa dish  incorporates plenty of fresh produce. Prepare to make your co-workers jealous when you bust this out at lunch, because it smells incredible, looks gorgeous, and tastes great.
Give tabbouleh — a traditional Middle Eastern salad — a quinoa spin  for a lunch to remember.
Photo: Anna Monette Roberts
Ribboned Asparagus and Quinoa Salad
Combine willowy ribboned asparagus with crunchy pine nuts, nutty quinoa, and umami-rich parmesan for a salad that brings the textural and flavor contrast .
Guacamole Quinoa With Mango
Spicy, fruity, and fresh, guacamole quinoa  is like a lunch-friendly spin on chips and guac.
Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad
It's rare to find a dish that is as gorgeous as it is tasty, but this sesame ginger quinoa salad  fits the bill. It's so pretty that you might not want to eat it — but you should, because its Asian influence gives it an incredible flavor.
Photo: Jenny Sugar
Choose Your Own Adventure
Consider this choose-your-own-adventure quinoa salad  a blueprint to lunchtime success. Proportions and ideas are laid out for add-ins, and the bright shallot dressing can't be beat.
Photo: Nicole Perry
Quinoa, Avocado, and Apple Salad With Crispy Bacon
Think of this hearty avocado-, bacon-, and apple-topped salad  as a green salad with a nutty, chewy quinoa punch.
Fruit, Nut, and Gorgonzola Quinoa Salad
Sharp, funky gorgonzola pairs wonderfully with sweet-tart fruit, so this quinoa salad with apples, grapes, and gorgonzola  is sure to please.
Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad
If you like pad thai, then you'll love this Thai-influenced quinoa recipe . It contains all of the best elements of the classic dish, such as peanuts, cilantro, and bean sprouts, with a fun twist: it substitutes quinoa for rice noodles.