Hearty Holiday Quinoa Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


1 cup quinoa
2 1/4 cups water or stock
pinch salt
1 yellow onion, diced
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 lb spinach leaves
1 cup garbanzo beans, cooked or canned
2 oranges, juice and zest from



  • Wash quinoa and toast in a dry pan for a few minutes, until it smells nutty.
  • Boil water and add salt and quinoa. Turn heat to low and simmer, covered for 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and sauté onions for 10 minutes on medium. Add cherries, spinach, garbanzo beans and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook 3-5 minutes until spinach has wilted.
  • Mix quinoa together with the other ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add orange juice and zest and stir gently.
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe submitted by Ashley Looker

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