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Apple, Pecan, and Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad

This Apple, Pecan, and Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad is the perfect quinoa salad recipe for fall and winter!  With a deliciously tangy apple cider vinegar dressing, this easy quinoa salad will become a fall staple recipe.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Healthy, Quinoa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 296kcal

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 apples diced (you can use your favorite variety)
  • ½ cup pecans toasted and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 6 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Bring water or vegetable broth to a boil in a small pot. Add quinoa, lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, checking periodically, until all water/broth is absorbed and quinoa has cooked.
  • While quinoa is cooking, prepare the other ingredients.
  • Chop the apples, pecans, and spinach.
  • Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and shaking to combine or in a bowl and whisking to mix.
  • Once quinoa is finished cooking, combine quinoa with apples, pecans, cranberries, and spinach.
  • Toss with dressing.
  • Top with goat cheese and serve.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Servings 6, Calories 409, Fat 26.7g, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 13.6g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 148mg, Fiber 4.9g, Sugars 9.7g, WW Pts 11

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.9mg