Honey-Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Cashews

It's hard to relax with your stomach rumbling. Serve up a light, yet hunger-busting salad. If making this ahead, add the vinaigrette just before serving.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup water

  • cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 cup fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cashews

  • ½ cup dried apricots, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 4 cups torn Bibb lettuce


  1. Stir water, quinoa, and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk honey, ginger, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly, until fully incorporated.

  3. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Stir together quinoa, cherries, cashews, dried apricots, and red onion in a large bowl. Add lettuce. Drizzle with 1/2 cup honey vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve salad with remaining vinaigrette.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any butterhead lettuce you like.

You can use halved seedless red grapes instead of cherries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

469 Calories
24g Fat
61g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 469
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Sodium 411mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 710mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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