Jeweled Quinoa Salad

As most of you know, I am gearing up to start the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart after we get settled into our new home next week.  I’ve been a Vegetarian for a while now but am really interested in the health benefits of a Vegan diet.  Before I get started, I’m trying to make sure I have enough recipes on hand that I really enjoy so that I don’t end up going off the reservation after a few days.  This is something I’m famous of doing.   Although I’m eating mostly vegan already, finding lower fat recipes that I like is a bit challenging – especially since I’m really making a commitment to clean eating and trying to stay away from processed and packaged foods.  I’m afraid we have been eating a few too many packaged veggie burgers around my house!

I have to say, today’s quinoa salad recipe really fits the bill.  I LOVE this recipe.  In fact, I must confess that I was a little quiet about it and ended up eating it all myself.  Shhh…..jeweled quinoa salad

I am actually really bummed because in an effort not to waste food, I’ve started making half recipes of the quinoa recipes I’m trying out for the site.  As you can imagine, we eat a lot of quinoa around my house.  As a result, anything that is less than stellar tends to get pushed to the back of the refrigerator.  Now I’m craving more!

Jeweled Quinoa Salad

Honestly, its hard to pinpoint why I liked it so much.  It was exceptionally light, with only a little lemon juice as the dressing.  It’s the kind of dish that is perfect for a snack, which is how I ended up eating it.  It would travel exceptionally well, making it perfect for your next picnic!

Jeweled Quinoa Salad

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 T dried apricots
  • 2 T dried cranberries
  • 2 T dried raisins
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1 T lemon juice
  1. Combine turmeric with 1 1/2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add green onions and quinoa and sauté for three minutes. Add garlic and cook one more minute. Pour turmeric water over quinoa. Add bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring to a simmer and reduce to low. Cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Fold in fruits and cover. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir in pistachios and lemon juice and enjoy!  May be served warm, at room temperature or cold.  (I love it cold for breakfast!)

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 4

Calories: 249

Fat: 9.5

Protein: 7.9

5 :  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Recipe by Cooking Quinoa.


  • Geet

    This sounds interesting. I have been veegtarian for a month now and planning to continue. Your blog looks interesting. How u manage being a vegetarian with kids ?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks for stopping by! As far as the kids, I am vegetarian, they are not. So, I cook for them but since I don't like meat I'm not even tempted. I try to make them a lot of healthier dishes and include quinoa a lot. I make things like meat loaf & meat balls (with quinoa), quinoa pizza crust, a kid friendly quinoa fritter… I even make them chocolate bars with popped quinoa! If I were to have another child (which I'm not) I may start them off as a vegetarian, but my boys were 4 & 5 when I became a vegetarian and so its a choice that they will make on their own.

  • @TNewton12

    This is the second time I've made this Jeweled quinoa salad. This is only the third time I've made something with quinoa. This is so good. Since I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan I used Chicken broth instead of water. All I can say is I'm glad to be introduced to something so good and good for the body too.

    • Wendy Polisi

      I'm glad you enjoyed this one! It is one of my favorites as well! I often use broth as well – vegetable for me and chicken if I'm cooking for the family!

  • Brenda

    Could you swap out apricots
    for either dried apple or dried cherries?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Absolutely! I think either would be nice here. This is a really forgiving dish.