Pomegranate Cranberry Quinoa Salad

I think I’m probably the last food blogger to try quinoa. Seriously, I don’t know what was holding me back for so long, but once I tried it I never looked back.

You want to know another food that I’ve never tried until now? Pomegranate. Lame? Yes. But hey, I’m putting myself out there and trying these new foods. Better late than never. I saw this recipe pop up on Katie’s blog soon after watching the Good Eats episode about pomegranates. Alton Brown said that pomegranates or their seeds will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 months! So you could grab some at the store now while they’re in season and still be enjoying them in the spring.

Hubby and I thouroughly enjoyed this quinoa salad. The pomegranate seeds provide not only sweetness but also a fun little burst of juice and a crunch as you bite into them. I made two batches of this colorful side dish in one weekend we enjoyed it so much!

What new foods have you been wanting to try?

One Year Ago: Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake and Gooey Bars
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Pomegranate Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Juice of 1/2 an orange
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs slivered almonds

Directions:

Start by bringing the chicken stock to a boil. Add the quinoa, cover and reduce head to low. Let the quinoa simmer until the liquid has evaporated.

Once the quinoa is done, set it aside and let it cool slightly.

Once the quinoa has cooled slightly, add the orange juice and cranberries. Toss to combine, salt and pepper to taste. Gently mix in the pomegranate seeds and top with almonds. Serve either warm, room temperature or cold.

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8 Responses to “Coconut Lime Cupcakes”

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    clstar — May 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    These look great as mini-cupcakes! I am so glad everyone liked them, and I like what you did to intensify the coconut flavor. Nicely done! 🙂

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    Joelen — May 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    What a delicious flavor for cupcakes… and thank you for submitting it to this month’s Tasty Tools!

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    Colleen — May 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    These look delicious! And thanks for the note about the coconut cream too!

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    Stephanie — May 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    What a great summery cupcake!

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    Ingrid — May 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Those sound good and look even better! Love the lime zest you can see in the frosting!

    That would have been cute to see the KA buckled in!
    ~ingrid

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    h2babe — May 15, 2009 at 12:29 am

    They’re so darn cute!

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    Jen — May 15, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thanks everyone! They were definitely a hit at the party

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    Mermaid Sweets — May 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Yummers, I just made pina colada cupcakes, but these look amazing and I will try them someday. I have never gotten the stand alone foil cups to work for me.

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