Fall Quinoa Salad with Apples, Pecans, and Cranberries
Good Morning! I know I’ve already mentioned this in previous posts but have you checked out Chickpea magazine yet? I am so excited that they have officially starting shipping out the fall issue this week. I cannot wait to snuggle up on the coach with my puppy and a big mug of chai tea while I swoon over this issue’s recipes and articles!
Anyhow, today I am sharing a recipe for a quinoa salad. Do you like quinoa? Did you try that Southwestern Quinoa Salad I posted about awhile back? If you have not tried it, I highly recommend checking this grain (is it a grain or a seed?) out. It has such a unique, light and filling texture//taste that it really is hard to explain. This salad is super simple and easy to make so this would be a great introduction to quinoa for you. The hint of cinnamon counteracts the tart apples to make a flavorful and filling side dish.
Fall Quinoa with Apples, Pecans, and Cranberries
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tart apple, diced (sprinkle a little lemon juice on the apple chunks to keep from turning brown)
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or cherries or whatever else you like dried!)
For the dressing:
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- dash of cinnamon
Bring the water a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add in the quinoa. Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and “fluff” the quinoa with a fork.
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and add to cooled quinoa. Mix in the apple, pecans, and cranberries into the quinoa.
Serve warm or chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
I cannot wait to try this. I have never seen these ingredients used in quinoa, but they sound like a such great idea!! Love your recipes!
I like this recipe!
Love the ease of this recipe and the fact the family ate it up was even better!
Ohhh! So glad to hear that!
Can I substitute agave for the maple syrup or will that be a different flavor altogether?
Definitely! It may adjust the flavor slightly (but not in a bad way!) and it will maintain the same texture for the dressing.
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I just found your site and love your recipes and pictures! I tried making the quinoa salad last night. Worked great! Here is my take on it:
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Yay – so glad it turned out wonderful for you!
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I made this, omitting the cinnamon, adding a bit of chopped mint, 1/2 chopped cucumber, and a handful of julienned spinach. It IS delicious! I LOVE the dressing! Added a splash of apple cider vinegar, because I didn’t use enough water, and quinoa dried out. YUM!!! THANKS!!!!
Amazing – best quinoa salad I’ve had! Added feta to make a meal.