Fruity Quinoa Salad


quinoa salad



When my mom served up a quinoa salad the other day for dinner , I was a little leery.


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I mean, those little quinoa things are a little creepy looking ::  Admit it :: you’ve thought it too!


This salad was my first quinoa experience and I couldn’t even wait a week before making it for myself!




It’s quite simple, really.  There aren’t many directions other than mix together and stir.  I mean, it’s a salad, so put everything in a bowl and stir!~  



Fruity Quinoa Salad


  • For the salad::
  • 1 cup small shrimp {optional}
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/3 red onion, chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and segments chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • salt and pepper
  • For the dressing ::
  • 2 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • dash of sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 TB. EVOO


Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Set aside to cool.
Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate, cilantro, salt & pepper.
For The Dressing ::
Add lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper into a small bowl and which in oil.
Pour over salad - serve cold or room temperature.



About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

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