Quinoa Fruit and Nut Salad

Kim Biegacki


This salad is amazing! The Quinoa is very chewy and has a delicate nutty flavor; mix in tart cherries,apples and roasted pecans then you have one fantastic salad for any occasion. Did I mention, it is extremely healthy too. Quinoa is packed full of vitamins and it is considered a superfood.

Well, I could eat salads like this everyday, no problem. If you haven't tried Quinoa this is a very simple recipe to start with.

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10 servings


10 Min


15 Min


No-Cook or Other


1 c
quinoa, cooked
1 tsp
2 Tbsp
lemon or lime juice
3 Tbsp
olive oil
1 small
apple, diced
2/3 c
dried cherries or cranberries
2/3 c
toasted pecans or your favorite nut
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Gather your ingredients, dice up your cherries.
Rinse you quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan and immediately add your quinoa. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from stove and pour into a bowl and let it cool for at least 15 minutes.
Next, whisk together your honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Peel, slice or dice your apple and put it into your dressing and mix up. Add your chopped cherries and pecans. When Quiona is cool add this mixture to it and stir until dressing is covering the whole salad. Now you are ready to serve.
Addt'l info:---Quinoa is a great food for people who must follow wheat-free/gluten-free diets because Quinoa doesn't contain gluten. Quinoa can be substituted for almost any other grain.
---Quinoa has a nutty, smoky flavor and is less filling than other grains and pastas.
---Quinoa was a sacred grain, hailed by the Incas as the Mother of all Grains.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Salads, Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy