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Favorite Things Friday: A Sweet Red Quinoa Salad Recipe

Posted Dec 14 2012 7:56am

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m sharing a recipe today for Favorite Things Friday.

And it’s not any recipe. It’s one that I kind of created myself. Seriously.

For those who’ve been following Keeping Mommy Sane, you know that this is not a food blog, save for my occasional New Food Monday updates (which, yes, we have been totally slacking on). I don’t come up with new and exciting recipes, I don’t really bake and – if we’re being honest – I don’t really like to cook (which is why I thank my lucky stars that I married a guy who does).

But I was inspired by a red quinoa salad I had at Iron Hill Brewery in Pennsylvania when Dr. G. and I were visiting with friends over Thanksgiving. This salad was incredible (and relatively healthy) and I thought it might be easy to recreate at home.

So I actually recreated it – mostly. And you know what? While it may not be the most original salad out there, it was pretty darn good … and super easy!

Red Quinoa Salad a la Keeping Mommy Sane (with props to Iron Hill Brewery for the inspiration)


1 cup cooked red quinoa (I use the Trader Joe’s brand)

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained

2 bunches of scallions, chopped

1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (or you can use feta)

Salt and pepper to taste


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Gourmet Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (or you can use regular champagne vinegar)

Splash of orange juice (a little more if you’re using regular champagne vinegar)

1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or you could use whole vanilla powder); just don’t use vanilla extract


Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package. Let cool.

Meanwhile, whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

When quinoa is cool, add in all the scallions, cranberries, apples and oranges. Add dressing. Once mixed, add goat cheese.

I told you it was easy!

I’m sure there are recipes out there for similar salads, but as someone with major sweet tooth, I really enjoyed the sweetness in the salad and how it was balanced by the tangy cheese. Yum! Let me know if you end up trying it!

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