Quinoa Winter Salad

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by justcallmetoni

Have been introducing new grains into my menu and put this one together using leftovers and items in the pantry. So good, I thought it was worth posting. Makes a great side dish to roasted chicken or turkey.

Top Review by DianaEatingRichly

This recipe is a good start but needed some additions as it was a bit bland. I used a sweet potato because my acorn squash ended up being flavorless. After making the quinoa, I made a dressing with salt, pepper, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar to pump up the flavor and then it was perfect!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer under running water.
  2. Toss quinoa into a small saucepan and lightly toast.
  3. Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil.
  4. Reduce to a low simmer and cover.
  5. Cook 15-20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  6. In a separate pan, heat oil under a medium flame.
  7. Add sage and onions.
  8. Saute 5-7 minutes until the onions are soft.
  9. Add the chopped apple and cubed squash to the onions.
  10. Cook 5 minutes more.
  11. Add in pumpkin pie spice.
  12. At this point, the quinoa should be done.
  13. Stir quinoa into the pan with the onions, apples and squash.
  14. Top with dried cranberries.

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