Orange Cranberry Quinoa Salad

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     Orange Cranberry Quinoa Salad – a bright & summery side you can create all year long

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It’s true, our beautiful summer is coming to an end. Don’t hate me, I’m just stating the facts here. OK, you’ve got me I’m a fall fanatic, so I’m really not that sad, but I do find myself craving the light and fresh flavors of summer all year long.


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This orange cranberry quinoa salad is unbelievably refreshing but is made with ingredients that are available (and economical to buy) at your local grocery stores year round.

Plain quinoa can be admittedly boring. So today we’re hitting it with a double dose of tangy oranges, sweetening with those little cranberries, packing some serious crunch with walnuts and rounding it out with the sharp bite of green onion.

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After tossing together all of our “dry ingredients” we’ll finish the salad with a drizzle of my citrus vinaigrette which you’ll probably want to use again and again and again!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Quinoa

Oranges

Cranberries

Walnuts

Green Onions

A jar or container with a tight-fitting lid (to make your vinaigrette)

Olive Oil

Lemon

Mustard

Salt

Pepper

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Start by cooking the quinoa according to the directions on the package. While that cooks, zest and juice your orange & juice the lemon. Add the juice, zest, olive oil, mustard, salt, and pepper into the glass jar & shake! Boom, dressing done.

Peel your other orange and dice the segments. Chop the green onion and give your walnuts a rough chop, too if they’re whole. When the quinoa is cooked and slightly cool add it to a large bowl with the diced orange, cranberries, walnuts and green onion.

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Mix these together and drizzle the entire bowl of goodness with your citrus vinaigrette. You’ll have plenty of dressing left over and it tastes fantsatic over any salad and makes a great chicken marinade! Store it in the fridge until you use it up!

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I like this served alone as a side, atop a bed of lettuce, or topped with a grilled chicken breast.

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This also works great for entertaining and picnics because it is EASILY doubled and transported by bowl & it tastes great warm or chilled (just like a glass of Sauvignon Blanc that just may be its perfect partner)

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Cheers…I mean Bon Appetite y’all!

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xoxx,

Miss AK

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Orange Cranberry Quinoa Salad
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Serves: 4-6
 
{gluten free, dairy free, preservative & sugar-free}
Ingredients
  • FOR THE SALAD
  • 2 cups of cooked Quinoa (1 dry cup)
  • 1 Orange - diced
  • ½ cup of Cranberries
  • ½ cup of Walnuts
  • ¼ -1/2 cup of chopped Green Onions
  • FOR THE VINAIGRETTE (You'll only need 4-5 tbsp of this for the recipe)
  • ¼ cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp of Orange zest
  • The juice of one orange
  • The juice of one lemon
  • ¼ -1/2 tsp of Dijon Mustard (start with ¼, taste and see if you want more)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the quinoa according to the directions on the package.
  2. Zest and juice your orange & juice the lemon.
  3. Add the juice, zest, olive oil, mustard, salt, and pepper into the glass jar & shake!
  4. Peel your other orange and dice the segments.
  5. Chop the green onion and give your walnuts a rough chop, too if they're whole.
  6. When the quinoa is cooked and slightly cool add it to a large bowl with the diced orange, cranberries, walnuts and green onion.
  7. Mix these together and drizzle the entire bowl of goodness with your 4-5 tbsp of the citrus vinaigrette.

DON’T FORGET TO PIN FOR LATER:

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10 Comments
  • Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Reply

    Nah – summer’s not ending 😉 In NC, it will still be hot as get out even though I’ll be transitioning to pumpkin and apple baking. That means I can still eat this salad for a couple of months! I love these flavors 🙂

    • allmcd3

      YESS! I can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Reply

    This is beautiful!! I love the colors and elements of this salad.

    • allmcd3

      You’re so sweet to say that! Thank you!

  • Aya @ A Healthy Story

    Reply

    YUM!!! I love quinoa salads and this orange/cranberry combo looks awesome.

    • allmcd3

      I really love it!

  • Emily

    Reply

    Ooh, putting grains into salads is one of my favorite things to do; it really gives the salad extra flavor and texture. 🙂 I love how you brought all these flavors together in such a beautiful combo.

    • allmcd3

      Thank you girl!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Reply

    This is like Thanksgiving 😀 Fall flavor love!

    • allmcd3

      Right?! Like fresh & bright Thanksgiving!

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