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
Two Years Ago: Inauguration Day Cupcakes
Three Years Ago: Clam Chowder

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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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9 Responses to “Cranberry Sauce”

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    theblogisthenewblack — November 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You’re right- so easy there’s no reason not to try this! ha!

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    Eliana — November 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Love that this recipe is so simple and easy. A must have for Thanksgiving.

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    Michelle — November 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE homemade cranberry sauce! Tastes so good on the Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Delicious! Simple recipes need to be shared too…those are my favorite 🙂

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    This absolutely falls under the this-is-so-easy-and-so-much-better-why-would-I-ever-go-back-to-canned-version territory! I recently made turkey burgers with cranberry sauce dressing and used the canned kind – never again!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — November 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    You’re so right…there is NOTHING better than homemade!

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    Kerstin — November 2, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Wow, this sounds so easy and delicious! I’m cooking for the first time this year and can’t wait to make everything from scratch, which usually doesn’t happen when others in my family cook… 🙂

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    Cassykins — November 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I’m jealous, I want this. I have to eat the stuff from a can because I’m allergic to cranberries and the stuff in a can is far away enough from real that I can get away with it. My grandma used to make cranberry relish which was amazing, but also broke me out into the most amazing hives.

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    Medifast Coupon Code 2010 — November 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I have never understood those that buy canned cranberries when they are so simple to make. Tastes way better than any can.
    Thanks for your nice and simple cranberry sauce recipe.

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