Quality Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Serving Size: 2-4 (side dish for 4 people)


For the Quinoa:

1 cup dry quinoa

1 + ¼ cups vegetable broth

½ cup dried cranberries

1 cup fresh broccoli florets cut into small pieces

1/2-1 pint grape tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped scallions

Salt and Pepper to taste

Onion and Garlic Powder to taste

For the Candied Walnuts:

1 cup walnuts

1 tablespoon unsalted butter ( I used Earth Balance Soy/Dairy Free)

2 teaspoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

For the Dressing:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon orange juice

Salt and pepper to taste


To Make the Quinoa:

  1. Rinse and drain quinoa using a mesh strainer/sieve
  2. Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water for about 2-3 minutes stirring frequently. This step is optional but helps fluff the quinoa up a little more (as long as you don’t overdo it)
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes
  5. Once there’s about 3-4 minutes left of cooking time add the cranberries in and put the cover back on and continue cooking. Once all water has been absorbed, remove heat and fluff with a fork. Put into the bowl and set aside
  6. Add water to that same pot and bring to a boil. While waiting to boil, get a bowl of ice water to pour the blanched broccoli in
  7. Add broccoli to the boiling water and blanch for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. You want the broccoli to get the bright green color but still have a little crunch
  8. Drain, put into the ice bowl, and drain again then add to the quinoa along with the chopped scallions
  9. Place quinoa in the fridge to cool while you make the dressing and walnuts.

To Make the Dressing:

  1. Mince garlic and combine with all remaining dressing ingredients. Whisk well and set aside  (You can also sauté the garlic first or make the garlic into a paste, completely up to you!)

To Make the Candied Walnuts:

  1. Heat a skillet to medium heat and add butter to melt. Once melted add in your chopped walnuts, honey, salt, and sugar
  2. Sauté for 5-6 minutes until the aromas take over then pour over parchment paper lined baking sheet using a spatula to separate the nuts.
  3. Allow to cool for several minutes until the coating hardens and you’re walnuts have officially been candied!

To Finish:

Grab your bowl-from your fridge top with the candied walnuts and drizzle with dressing!



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