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.

  • 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
  1. Place the cranberries and apricots in a saucepan with ½ cup water. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from the heat and cover.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. Can be served warm or at room temperature. Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. 

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