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Cranberry quinoa salad with broccoli recipe

Cranberry quinoa salad with broccoli recipe


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  • Broccoli salad

Quinoa, cranberries and broccoli are tossed with a light citrus dressing and garnished with walnuts in this quick and easy vegan salad.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 400ml water
  • 170g quinoa
  • 90g dried cranberries
  • 90g bite-size broccoli pieces
  • Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 60g chopped walnuts

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:24min ›Ready in:34min

  1. Combine water and quinoa in a saucepan. Bring to the boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until most of the water has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Add cranberries; cook until plump and quinoa is tender, 4 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to the boil. Add broccoli, cover and steam until tender, 2 to 5 minutes. Drain; fold into the quinoa mixture.
  3. Mix olive oil, orange juice, lime juice and garlic together in a small bowl to make dressing. Pour over quinoa mixture; toss to combine. Sprinkle walnuts on top.

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by Cyndie James

Very quick to make - Very Tasty!I did added diced chicken breast and cucumbers , as well as snow peas. I will definitely be making this recipe again.( do NOT omit the garlic! )-08 Feb 2019

by JAM220

The only thing I changed was adding sunflower seeds in place of nuts at the end. I think I will also add a little extra broccoli next time. Very good.-07 May 2017


    • 1 Broccoli Crown, washed and cut into bite sized pieces (about 1″)
    • 1/2 cup White Quinoa
    • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
    • 2 Limes
    • 2 teaspoons Honey
    • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
    1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring one cup of water to a boil over medium high heat. Add the quinoa to the boiling water and stir. Cover and lower heat to simmer. Let stand for 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Place in a medium bowl and set aside
    2. Wash and cut broccoli crown into bite sized pieces (about one inch pieces). Fill a medium saucepan three quarters full of water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Add cut up broccoli and cook 5 to 7 minute or until crisp-tender. Do not over cook. Drain broccoli and add to quinoa.
    3. Make your dressing. Juice the two limes and place juice in a small bowl. Add the two teaspoons of honey and whisk well. Add the olive oil and whisk until slightly thickened.
    4. Pour over the broccoli and quinoa. Add the cranberries and mix well.
    5. This recipe can be served warm or cold. Serves 4

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    Broccoli salad is usually made more as a bacon and cream salad with some broccoli in it. I wanted to make a version that would be healthier and still taste just as great. I am always surprised at how great recipes can taste even when lightened up. You are not missing out on anything in this dish since it is lightened up.

    I am actually not that big of a fan of broccoli and neither is Jason, but we really like this salad. There are just so many different flavors: the tanginess of the cranberries, saltiness of the bacon, crispness of the apple, crunch of the almonds and broccoli and creaminess of the dressing. The longer that it sits, the better that it tastes, which is always a plus when bringing something to a potluck because you can make it way in advance. Who doesn’t love that?


    AUTHOR

    RECIPE: Broccoli & Cranberry Salad

    This recipe incorporates simple, fresh salad ingredients and a dressing. With no cooking involved, it is another great recipe for the kids too.

    STARTING GUIDE

    Cuisine: Salad

    Prep Time: 15 mins

    Total Time: 15 mins

    INGREDIENTS

    2 1/2 heads of broccoli (450g)

    2/3 cup dried cranberries (85g)

    1/2 cup sunflower seeds (60g)

    DRESSING

    1 cup organic greek yogurt or coconut yoghurt (175g)

    1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

    1/4 teaspoon dead seasalt flakes or Himalayan salt

    METHOD / GUIDE
    Step 1 – Prepare the Dressing

    Place the yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper, into a small bowl

    Whisk together until smooth and well-combined

    Step 2 – Prepare the Ingredients

    Cut the broccoli into florets

    Dice the red onions into small pieces

    Step 3 – Combine the Salad

    Combine broccoli florets, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and onion in a large bowl

    Add dressing and toss or stir well

    Keep refrigerated if not consuming right away

    NOTES

    I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Share this recipe with your friends and family, and explore my other great recipes on Think Feel Thrive, Cheers Alexis.

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup dry quinoa
    • 1 & 1/2 cups vegetable stock/broth (low sodium if possible)
    • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives
    • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
    • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 large lemon’s worth)
    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
    • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onions (optional garnish)
    • Fresh ground pepper to taste

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    2. Cover the pot, bring to a full boil, then reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
    3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
    4. Combine all other ingredients except for the optional green onion garnish in a bowl. Pour on top of quinoa and mix together.
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    Ingredients

    In a medium sized saucepan, bring one cup of water to a boil over medium high heat. Add the quinoa to the boiling water and stir. Cover and lower heat to simmer. Let stand for 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Place in a medium bowl and set aside.

    Wash and cut broccoli crown into bite sized pieces (about one inch pieces). Fill a medium saucepan three quarters full of water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Add cut up broccoli and cook 5 to 7 minute or until crisp-tender. Do not over cook. Drain broccoli and add to quinoa

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    Ingredients

    • 1 cup Water
    • ½ cups White Quinoa
    • 1 whole Broccoli Crown
    • ½ cups Dried Cranberries
    • FOR THE DRESSING:
    • 2 whole Limes
    • 2 teaspoons Honey
    • ¼ cups Olive Oil

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    Time Saving Tips

    1. Cook the quinoa ahead of time. The quinoa can be cooked several days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
    2. Chop the celery and green onions 1-2 days in advance.
    3. Prepare the vinaigrette 1-2 days in advance.
    4. Toast the pecans ahead of time. I like to toast my pecans as soon as I buy them and then store them in the freezer in an airtight container. I store them in the freezer so they’ll stay fresh longer and won’t go rancid.

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