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
  • salt/pepper

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.



October 10, 2012
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    October 12, 2012

    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!

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    October 12, 2012

    I like this recipe!

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    October 15, 2012

    Love the ease of this recipe and the fact the family ate it up was even better!

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      October 16, 2012

      Ohhh! So glad to hear that!

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    November 18, 2012

    Can I substitute agave for the maple syrup or will that be a different flavor altogether?

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      November 19, 2012

      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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    District & More

    November 6, 2013

    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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      November 6, 2013

      Yay – so glad it turned out wonderful for you!

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    February 28, 2014

    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!!!!

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    March 21, 2014

    Amazing – best quinoa salad I’ve had! Added feta to make a meal.