A great recipe for work potluck as it doesn't have to be kept cold or heated before serving. I use a toasted canola or a nut oil to complement the nuttiness of the quinoa. I also like to let the raisins and cranberries soften or plump up by adding them to the orange juice or to the quinoa while they are cooking. And I cut the larger mandarin pieces to spread the goodness further (and replace some of the water for the quinoa with the mandarin syrup rather than toss it out). Rinsing the quinoa is a must though. This is a very nice recipe that everyone can enjoy.
With just the 2 of us, I made only half a recipe & we were very happy with the resulting salad, but then the cranberry-&-orange combo usually does hit the spot for us, anyway! Would be especially nice during the end-of-year holidays, but we thoroughly enjoyed it, as well, on one of the warmest days of the year! Many thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed in New Kids on the Block recipe tag]