A very easy salad and a nice twist on the usual cranberries-pecans salad with contrasting flavors and textures. Nice in the fall/winter with a bowl of pumpkin soup!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape into a mixing bowl, and cool to warm, about 20 minutes.

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  • Once the quinoa has cooled, stir in the pecans, cranberries, olive oil, and lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper to taste. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

221.7 calories; 4.7 g protein; 27.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 8.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
The recipe is good as is however I added 1 chopped apple 1 orange supremed and zest of 1 orange and replaced the pecans with walnuts. You can also use fresh cranberries and crush them in the food processor and add sugar to you likeness. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/16/2011
This was just bland. I did not enjoy it in the slightest and I usually love quinoa salads. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
The recipe is good as is however I added 1 chopped apple 1 orange supremed and zest of 1 orange and replaced the pecans with walnuts. You can also use fresh cranberries and crush them in the food processor and add sugar to you likeness. Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
This recipe was sort of flavorless so I made a few changes. I sautéed an onion and celery with garlic thyme rosemary and sage. I mixed it into the salad and also added golden raisins. This made it taste like and alternative stuffing. Would be great for vegetarians at Thanksgiving! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2010
Simple and tasty for sure. The changes I made included using red quinoa instead of regular (really yummy and nutty). I used fresh cranberries rather than dried as they are in season and so good for you! I also sauteed a small onion and garlic to add to the mix. As far as seasonings go I mixed the olive oil lemon salt and pepper per the recipe and then added a little honey for sweetener and some fresh sage from my home herb garden. To finish I threw in some fresh chopped parsley also. This recipe is awesome because you can really mix and match what is in your cabinets and make it work regardless. The last thing I'll add is that quinoa always takes a bit longer to cook than the package says. It's usually ready for me in 20 minutes not the indicated 6 or 7 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2011
Excellent recipe Sarah! Thank you for submitting it. I only added 2 things some chopped green onion as well as some chopped fresh parsley. I did let mine sit overnight and had it for lunch the next day - it is SO much better if you let the flavours sit and develop. Next time I make it I may add grated carrots or chopped apples (as others have mentioned). I used red quinoa (love the stuff!) and aside from being SO healthy it looks darn good too! I will take a pic and upload as this is one of those 'faceless' recipes that needs a pic to be appreciated! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
I make this salad all the time except that I use wheat berries instead of quinoa (although quinoa works just fine too) and I add diced celery and minced fresh parsley. It's easy delicious and healthy and is one of my hubby's favorite salads. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
This is so easy and has so few ingredients yet the flavor has depth. I like simple things and this is that. It has a very warm and buttery flavor. I got home late one evening and decided to try this. I had just this for dinner. Very satisfying. It's good warm or cold--I had the remainder with the next night's dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
Great side salad for Thanksgiving; I added 1/2 orange worth of fresh zest and served at room temperature... toasted the pecans with a bit of butter in oven for 10 minutes or so then let cool before chopping... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
I just had this dish from the Southern Seasons store in NC. It was so light and tasty! They added chives which I also liked. I'm going to include this in our Thanksgiving menu for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2010
I love quinoa so this was a great recipe for the holidays. The cranberries and pecans were delicious I added green onions too. Everyone raved about it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/16/2011
This was just bland. I did not enjoy it in the slightest and I usually love quinoa salads. Read More
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