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Quinoa salad recipe

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Sarah @ work gave us this terrific salad recipe:

Quinoa Salad Recipe

  • 1 cup Quinoa (Rinse well, add to 2 cups boiling water, simmer covered for 12-15 min. let sit for 5).
  • 2 big handfuls dried cranberries
  • 1 handful sliced almonds
  • 1 handful pine nuts (optional)

Add all these ingredients into a large bowl.


  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 6 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional — can sub a pinch of sugar)
  • 1 clove garlic chopped finely
  • 1/3+ cup olive oil
  • Salt, salt, salt to taste.

Make dressing separately and then mix in well.

You can modify it numerous ways; try adding orange zest; swap out cranberries for any other dried sweet fruit; use toasted almonds; add cut up veggies.

Quinoa is also good vehicle getting rid of those left over fruits and vegetables — although you’ll probably want to make the dressing less sweet depending on how you change the ingredients.

This salad is best “2nd day” – make it and leave it stand covered in the fridge overnight. The dressing soaks in.

Thanks Sarah!


6 responses to “Quinoa salad recipe”

  1. nan-c Avatar

    YUM! i’m gonna make it this weeekend!

  2. oblivia Avatar

    Neat! I love “second day” foods. I’ve heard quinoa it’s a great source of protein, which is important for meat-eaters like me who’d like to spare the animal kind. I’ve also heard it’s pronounced “KEEN-wa”, which makes me glad I’ve never attempted to buy it before now. :)

  3. oblivia Avatar

    Have you ever tried preparing “keen-wa” in a rice cooker? Just askin….

  4. Steve Avatar

    Nope – but I bet that would work perfectly — GREAT IDEA !!! I’ll try it next week.

  5. Elli Avatar

    I have made a similar quinoa salad for years. I cook the quinoa in orange juice (or half OJ, half water). Sometimes I also add a tablespoon or two of chili garlic sauce for added flavour and colour. Dried apricots are a wonderful substitute for (or addtion to) cranberries.

  6. Steve Avatar

    Great idea Elli – i’ll try that one next !!