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Sweet & Spicy Quinoa Salad

This Sweet & Spicy Quinoa Salad is a fun vegan quinoa salad that is packed with nutrition.  With oranges, apples and grapes, this is one the whole family will love.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Healthy, Quinoa
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 333kcal


  • 1 orange peeled and segmented
  • 1 granny smith apple cored and chopped drizzled with
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 roasted red pepper chopped
  • 1 cup seedless grapes halved
  • 1 cup arugula chopped
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup cashews chopped
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • cup rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • Dressing
  • ½ cup Sweet and Sour Sauce one recipe, above
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or gluten free tamari


  • Make the Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • In a small saucepan, toast the red pepper flakes over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add maple syrup and coconut palm sugar and stir to combine. Add vinegar and salt and cook over medium low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in garlic and remove from heat. Allow to cool completely.
  • Make the Dressing
  • In a small bowl, combine sweet and sour sauce, lime juice and soy sauce.
  • Make the Salad
  • In a large bowl, add orange, apple, shallot, green pepper, grapes, arugula and quinoa. Toss with ½ of the dressing and sprinkle with cashews to serve. Drizzle with additional dressing if desired. Reserve any unused dressing for another use.


Servings 6, Calories 227, Fat 4g, Carbohydrates 43.6g, Protein 4.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 359mg, Fiber 3.5g, Sugars 23.5g, WW Pts 6


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2.5mg