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Quinoa salad recipe

August 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

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!

Tags: hacks + do it yourself

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nan-c // Aug 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    YUM! i’m gonna make it this weeekend!

  • 2 oblivia // Aug 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    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 // Aug 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

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

  • 4 Steve // Aug 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm

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

  • 5 Elli // Aug 24, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    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 // Aug 26, 2008 at 8:54 am

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