Cranberry Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad

This cold salad quickly became one of my go to recipes over the summer with our urban garden. You will love it! Plus you can make a batch on Sunday and have lots of healthy lunches all week. The possibilities are endless with the quinoa salad. For a more substantial dinner try adding cold shredded chicken.

quinoa salad   

How I came to making this dish last night…After cleaning out my fridge this past weekend I found the bag of cilantro I bought well over a month ago in our crisper. Thinking it was going to be all slimy and brown I was about to add the greens to my compost…but NO it was  as fresh as the day I put it in the bag! A while back I heard if you rinsed your fresh herbs and placed them in a ziplock with a paper towel they would keep at least twice as long. Sure enough that is EXACTLY what I tried and one month later, my fresh cilantro is still kick’n. I would recommend this tip to all of you looking for a way to keep your  herbs fresh now that we are entering the fall/winter months. 

Back to yummy recipe. I found this tasty healthy cold salad on Allrecipes and modified ingredient quantity and type only. See below and enjoy!


  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa – Rinsed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper – Chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper – Chopped
  • 1 Small Onion – Chopped
  • 1 1/2 TSP Curry Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro – Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Sliced Almonds
  • 2 Large Carrots – Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

1. Add Water to pan, cover and bring to a boil

2. Add: Quinoa, recover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed

3. Transfer: Cooked Quinoa to small bowl and chill in fridge until cold (if you are in a time pinch place in freezer and stir occasionally so it does not freeze solid!)

4. Add: All remaining ingredients to large mixing bowl and stir to combine

5. Add: Chilled Quinoa to large mixing bowl with all ingredients and stir to combine

6. Serve chilled



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