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Cranberry Apple Pecan Quinoa Salad

Rated as 4.57 out of 5 Stars

"A beautiful and light take on a fall salad. The tastes mix well together and it can be served hot or cold. I like to pair it with Dijon-crusted salmon!"
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25 m servings 372
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Stir chicken broth and quinoa together in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, place cover on the saucepan, and cook until the broth is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. Whisk olive oil, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and cinnamon together in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle sauce over the quinoa; stir. Add apple pieces, pecan pieces, cranberries, and Parmesan cheese; stir. Return cover to the saucepan and let the mixture steam until the sauce warms and the apples soften slightly, 5 to 10 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If you would like to serve the salad cold, you can prepare the recipe the same way, but don't add the sauce, cranberries, apples, and pecans until the quinoa has cooled. Then, mix all together in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 372 calories; 23.4 35.7 8.3 6 198 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Didn't use the cheese as it didn't really need it

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The cheese absolutely ruined this dish.

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Didn't use the cheese as it didn't really need it

I really liked this as a warm side dish. I added the chopped apple at the end as a personal preference and forgot to add the cheese, not sure it's needed. A nice change from rice.

I absolutely loved this dish! I did, however feel it needed more sweetness and more flavor in general. I added a bit more maple syrup, toasted the pecans and added fresh lemon juice in the en...

This salad is great and very easy. Just my style! Made with the cheese the first time, not great, especially warm. Try cold using Feta. Use less oil.

The cheese absolutely ruined this dish.

The first time I made it exactly as instructed. It was good, but a little too sweet for my taste. The second time, I omitted the apples, syrup, and cinnamon, and put in 1 tsp of lemon juice. ...

Absolutely delicious just the way the recipe is. I tried it with and without the cheese. Either way it's amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Very nutritious, everyone was full after one serving. Completely forgot to add the Parmesan, but it was perfectly fine all the same. I did make a lot more dressing than indicated in the recipe f...

Loved the sweet and savory combination! Definitely a do over!!!