Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by presvicki

Quinoa (pronounced 'KEEN-wa') is a whole grain originating from Central America. It has become very popular recently for it's health benefits as a complete protein substitute for vegetarians. Quinoa is similar in texture to couscous and very versatile. This particular recipe is a wonderful and flavorful side dish for any occasions.

Top Review by Krista Smith

This recipe was full of new flavors and a nice change to the usual salads I take to pot lucks! It smelled delicious while cooking and was very easy to put together. They only thing that went wrong was totally my fault. I halved the salad recipe but made the whole dressing recipe and didn't realize it until I put them together! It was still good but the vinegar flavor was a little overpowering, the salad was very moist and I felt like the orange flavor (I used orange mango juice - yum!) was completely overwhelmed. I'd definitely like to try this again and see how it tastes when made properly! Thanks for a fun, new way to use quinoa!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter to saucepan and add quinoa. On medium heat, toast quinoa until light golden brown.
  2. Add OJ and water to pan and bring to a boil then simmer on low for 30 min until liquid is absorbed.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine cranberries, chopped green onions, toasted pine nuts, and chopped apple.
  4. In a measuring cup, mix olive oil, vinegar, spices, and honey. Blend well.
  5. Add cooked quinoa to bowl and toss well with the dressing.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 min before serving. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

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