Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

My new love of late is Quinoa.

Don't you just love it?  Don't know what it is...or have never tried it?

Well let me tell you what you are missing.  It's a fiber rich whole grain that is classified as a superfood.  Who doesn't want that?  It a slightly nutty grain with a little bite to it like brown rice...or bigger couscous.  It's wonderful used in a salad such as this one, or as a side dish.  This salad is wonderful and light.  The flavors pop in your mouth, and it's very healthy for you.

Try something new this year, and be healthy with whole grains.  Try the quinoa, you'll love it.    

Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans
Serves 4

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 c fresh spinach, sliced
1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
1⁄4 cup pecans, chopped
3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1⁄4 tsp. sea salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Place the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse well under cold water. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the 2 cups water to a boil. Add the quinoa and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the grains are tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl and fluff with a fork to separate the grains. Stir in the spinach, vinegar, olive oil, cranberries, pecans, and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. This recipe looks fantastic. I cannot wait to try it out.

  2. What a perfect recipe. I love the flavors.



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