Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad

3 May

IMG_1718Here’s a quick and easy quinoa salad for all of your spring and summer picnics and barbecues, your weeknight dinners, and your lunchbox fillers. Jam-packed with a rainbow of bell peppers, carrots, leek (or scallion), dried cranberries, and fresh cilantro, and dressed with a few squirts of lime juice and some olive oil. Quinoa cooks very quickly, usually within 10 to 15 minutes. The rest of the salad is just chopping, squeezing, and tossing, and that’s about all I want to handle when the sun is shining here in New York City after such a long winter. IMG_1721 Easy, delicious, healthy, and portable. A salad that pleases vegans, gluten free-gans, and vegetable lovers. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset This is my first post as part of the Cranberry Institute’s Cranberry Bog Blogger team. I look forward to many more cranberry-filled recipe ideas for these beautiful ‘berries.

Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad

recipe adapted from Cranberry Marketing Committee

serves 6-8


2 cups water

pinch of salt

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup sweetened dried cranberries

2 medium carrots, peeled and minced

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

3 tablespoons leek, shallot or scallion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt

pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and pinch of salt to a boil over high heat; stir in quinoa, reduce heat and bring to a low simmer. Cover and cook until all the liquid is absorbed (about 13 minutes). Fluff with a fork.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Toss the cranberries, carrots, peppers, leek and cilantro into the quinoa.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, oil, salt and red pepper flakes and pour over the quinoa mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving to let the flavors develop. Serve room temperature or chilled.

One Response to “Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad”


  1. Cranberry and Cucumber Potato Salad –Cranberry Bog Blog #2 | Figsinmybelly - June 26, 2015

    […] This is my second post as part of the Cranberry Institute’s Cranberry Bog Blogger team. Check out my first post, a Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad. […]

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