Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts

April 28, 2021
It’s no secret we’re suckers for a sweet salad, especially in the Spring. This perfect combination of protein packed quinoa, sweet dried fruit and nuts makes a great option for lunch or dinner and comes together in 30 minutes or less.

It’s no secret we’re suckers for a sweet salad, especially in the Spring. This perfect combination of protein packed quinoa, sweet dried fruit and nuts makes a great option for lunch or dinner and comes together in 30 minutes or less.

Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Quinoa: The super grain that's packed with protein and vitamins serves as a delicious base for a hearty spring salad.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Keyword: quick salad recipe, quinoa, salad, salad recipe, spring salad recipe
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • ¼  cup dried cranberries
  • ¼  cup dried apricots chopped in ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 cup quinoa (black, white or red – up to your preference)
  • ½  tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • ½  cup lightly salted mixed nuts (or any you like) coarsely chopped
  • ½  cup baby spinach

Instructions

  • Place the cranberries and apricots in a saucepan with ½ cup water. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from the heat and cover.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes and pour through a strainer into a measuring cup. Add enough water to make the liquid 2 cups. Return the liquid to the saucepan, withholding the fruit. 
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, add the quinoa, return to a boil. Immediately reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until the liquid has been absorbed. (Approximately 15 minutes) Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, combine the salt and lemon juice in a large bowl. Whisk in the olive oil. Stir in the quinoa, tossing with a fork. Stir in the fruit, nuts and baby spinach leaves. 
  • Can be served warm or at room temperature. Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. 

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