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?

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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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7 Responses to “Black Bean Burgers”

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    TPOX — August 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I LOVE the addition of zucchini! Great idea!

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    Sherry G — August 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

    How nice of your husband to make these for you guys=) I’m glad you took down the spice and added zucchini. We’ve had a surplus around here and I can’t handle very spicy things. I might be trying this one out!

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    Krystal — August 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Ahhh, I’m in love with Black Bean burgers right now. I love the you added zucchini as well, it gives it a nice moist flavor! Very sweet of the DH to cook for ya, too!!

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    biz319 — August 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I never thought to add zucchini to black bean burgers, but agree that it would help them stay moist – I’ll be adding the spicy though! 😀

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    Melissa — August 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Yum!!! I love black bean burgers!

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    Taylor — August 19, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I’m always looking for new, tasty bean burger recipes! I bet the zucchini makes them stay super moist, which is great because many times bean burgers turn out dry…thanks for the recipe!

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    Jessica {The Novice Chef} — August 19, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Mmm I love a good black bean burger! Sounds great!

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