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Quinoa Salad with Orange-Cumin Vinaigrette

This light winter salad makes a satisfying meal, thanks to quinoa, a whole grain that’s high in protein.



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⅓ cup sliced almonds
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1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
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¼ tsp. salt
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⅓ cup dried apricots, diced into small pieces
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⅓ cup raisins
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⅓ cup fresh orange juice
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1 shallot, finely chopped (2 Tbs.)
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2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
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2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
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2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
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1 Tbs. grated orange zest
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½ tsp. ground cumin
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½ tsp. ground coriander
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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2 oranges, peels sliced off and sections cut out


  1. Toast almonds 4 to 5 minutes in dry skillet or toaster oven, or until pale brown and fragrant, stirring often.
  2. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add quinoa and salt, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, or until tender and almost all water is absorbed. Drain, then transfer to large bowl. Toss with apricots and raisins.
  3. Whisk together orange juice, shallot, parsley, cilantro, mint, orange zest, cumin, and coriander. Whisk in oil. Pour dressing over quinoa, and toss to coat. Garnish with orange slices and toasted almonds.

Nutrition Information: 

9 g
Total Fat: 
13.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1.5 g
61 g
0 mg
161 mg
7 g
22 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Quick and tasty! I didn't have parsley so i added basil instead. Also didn't have mint or almonds, but it still had a lot of flavour! Will make this one again!

This is really delicious. I usually add 1-1/2 cups chickpeas (to make it a main course) and cut the oil in half (to make it a bit lower-fat).

I like scout5233's comment minus the shallot and add a little ginger

Love, love, love this salad! It is absolutely delicious as is! I would give it 5 stars!

Great salad. I've made it twice in the last two weeks. I'm always looking for new ways to use quinoa and this is something I will make again and again.

I use this recipe all the time. I replace the raisins with craisins and love the swap.

Love this salad! First time cooking with quinoa. I didn't have mint, and I swapped the raisins for dried cherries (chopped up) and it still turned out fantastic!

Yum! I made a single serving (for 285 calories) by reducing most the ingredients by 1/4. I use only 2 T dried quinoa, because it is high in calories. I also reduced the amount of oil used. Very good.

I love this salad and every time I have others taste it, they ask for the recipe.

I love this recipe. I don't use apricots or raisins, just a few dried cranberries which makes it sweet enough for me. I usually serve it over lettuce. I have used regular and red quinoa for this recipe -- both work!

First time cooking quinoa, I used spouted and changed the almonds for pumpkin seeds, loved it, will do again

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this looks lovely

Going to try this today, not a fan of apricots, but I do have dried cranberries & cherries!

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Can this salad be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge?

Too much dried fruit for my tastes. Still a very tasty dish, next time I'll probably just use raisins. Yum, and very filling, thank you!