Adapted from the Cranberry Marketing Committee, sweet & tart cranberries, nutty quinoa and fresh cilantro come together in this vegan and gluten-free one meal salad.

Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad
Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup minced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground red pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Toast quinoa in a skillet over medium high heat stirring frequently until quinoa is fragrant and make a continuous popping sound (about 5- 7 minutes).
  2. In a small saucepan, bring water and pinch of salt to a boil over high heat; stir in toasted quinoa, reduce heat and bring to a low simmer. Cover pot and cook until all liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. To the bowl of quinoa, stir in cranberries, carrots, red and yellow peppers, red onion and cilantro until mixed.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, oil, salt and ground red pepper and pour over quinoa-cranberry mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Does not have to be served cold.

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