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Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Apples and Pecans

Looking for a delicious salad to fuel your day?  This Cranberry Quinoa Salad is sure to be a winner!  Wholesome and filling, this is the perfect fall salad!
Course Salad
Cuisine Quinoa
Keyword cranberry quinoa salad, quinoa apple cranberry salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 283kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • Dressing
  • ¼ cup water + ½ tablespoon chia seeds or ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Salad
  • 3 cups torn lettuce leaves
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored and sliced thin
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese or non-dairy blue cheese, optional
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped


  • If using chia gel in place of olive oil, combine ¼ cup water with chia seeds. Stir to combine and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • In a blender combine shallot, vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Process until blended. Add chia gel or olive oil and process until well combined.
  • In a large bowl combine lettuce, arugula, quinoa, dried cranberries, apple, blue cheese and walnuts. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1780IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2.3mg