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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4 Responses to “Cous Cous Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries”

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    Cupcake Activist — November 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Is it weird that I’ve never tried cous cous? Your salad looks so good! I musy give it a try!

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    Erin — November 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I’m glad to hear you liked this! I am making it for a Thanksgiving potluck as well, and I literally cannot WAIT to make it again!

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    Josie — November 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    mmm this looks wonderful! I love those flavors and colors!

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    nutmegnanny — November 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I love cous cous. You can mix just about anything with it and it will turn out delicious. Great dish…yum!

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