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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6 Responses to “Lactose-Intolerant Friendly Mac & Cheese with Broccoli and Cauliflower recipe”

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    Carrie — May 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    This looks great!

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    Alicia — May 17, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I just have to say that I visit your blog often and LOVE all of these great recipes!!

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    Jen — May 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Thanks guys! This stuff is really yummy and cheesey!

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    Marye — May 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    mm…looks wonderful..what a great combination!
    Marye
    bakingdelights.com

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    Mariah — December 19, 2010 at 5:17 am

    This looks delicious–but I’m confused as to how it is dairy-free, since it clearly includes cheeses.

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    Jen — December 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Great point Mariah. At the time of this post, I had recently found out that I was lactose intolerant. Since I can eat sheep and goat milk cheeses, my definition of dairy free is just anything without cow’s milk in it. I am changing the title of the post to be Lactose-Intolerant Friendly Mac and Cheese to avoid any confusion.

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