Red Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Good nutrition and great flavors combine in this grain salad. A quick simmer brings together a super-easy DIY cranberry sauce, which becomes the foundation of the sweet and tangy dressing, used to coat velvety spinach leaves and crunchy cauliflower florets.

Hands-on Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 30 min.
Serves: 16 | Difficulty: Easy

  • 2⅓ cups water, divided
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 8 cups packed Fresh Selections Spinach Leaves (about 8 oz.)
  • 4 cups small cauliflower florets (about 14 oz.)
  • 1 cup frozen edamame, cooked and cooled
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add quinoa; cover pan. Simmer 7 minutes until water is absorbed. Let stand covered.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine fresh or frozen cranberries, remaining ⅓ cup water and the sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 15-20 minutes until cranberries are breaking down. Remove from heat to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, cauliflower, edamame, dried cranberries and almonds; toss to mix.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together cooled cranberry sauce, oil and mustard until blended. Pour dressing over spinach mixture in bowl; toss to mix.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 130, Calories from Fat 45, Total Fat 5g (8% DV), Saturated Fat 0.5g (2% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 30mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 17g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 7g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 35%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 4%, Iron 8%.

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