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


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


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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11 Responses to “Spicy Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Lentil Salad”

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    Shannon — November 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Ooh, that sounds great!

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    Emily — November 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    That sounds pretty incredible! Love your 5 day idea 🙂

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    That looks delicious! I wish I could convince my husband to eat squash. 🙁

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    Boston Food Diary — November 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    LOVE this! Lentils are DELICIOUS and sooo good for you! This looks perfect!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Such a delicious filling salad! You pretty much had me at goat cheese…my favorite!

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    Megan — November 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I made the Bon Appetit version last year with pumpkin. It was soo good. I actually had thought it would be good with butternut squash too. Great salad!

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    Cara — November 17, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I’ve been eyeing that recipe since the original in BA and again since SK posted it. Where do you get your uncooked black lentils?

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    Jen — November 17, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Cara – I used the Goya brand lentils from my grocery store. They were greenish brown.

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    Taylor — November 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

    This looks awesome…I have some lentils I have been wanting to use, so this will be perfect!

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    Shannon — November 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    i made this too and it was AWESOME 🙂

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I love the combination of hearty lentils, sweet and spicy butternut squash and tangy goat cheese. I can imagine every flavor in this!

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