Cranberry Quinoa Salad

I started making this salad and minor variations of it over three years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites… in fact, I think I need to make some this weekend…

Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Servings 4 1/2 cup



  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup carrot shredded
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seed kernels
  • 2 green onions chopped


  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar


  • Mix the quinoa, cranberries, carrots, green onion and sunflower seeds in a bowl
  • Add the honey to the cider vinegar in a microwave proof cup and heat for 30 seconds, stir to dissolve the honey. Add olive oil and stir well or use blender to mix.
  • Blend dressing in to salad, add salt and pepper to taste. chill at least 1 hour before serving.


Variations: If you don't have cranberries, or just want a different flavor, try raisins or dried cherries. Try substituting other nuts or seeds for the sunflower seeds... pumpkin seeds are another of my personal favorites. If you don't have green onions on hand, try red onion, or some sweet vidalia onions when they are in season. Make this even more of a meal by adding some canned tuna or shredded chicken.

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