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 “Cupcake Hero Challenge: Maple Walnut Cranberry Cupcakes with Cranberry Sauce and Maple Frosting”

  1. #
    Ren — November 30, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Those look a-mazing. Gonna try that sometime for sure!

  2. #
    Elly — November 30, 2007 at 3:06 am

    Yum, these look and sound delicious!

  3. #
    Katie — November 30, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Those sound delicious and look amazing!! GREAT idea and really well decorated!

  4. #
    Dori — November 30, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    those are some pretty sexy looking cupcakes!

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    ~Amber~ — November 30, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Wow, these look and sound amazing!! Good luck.

  6. #
    Lis — December 1, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    If I were judging this contest.. even with my dislike of cranberries (usually) you would win the grand prize.

    Not only for the combination of flavors which has me salivating – but for presentation. I absolutely LURVE the cranberry sauce under the pretty white maple buttercream. *swoon*


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    MrsPresley — December 1, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    what a great cupcake! i love how you put everything together… i am drooling over here 😉

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    Mollie — December 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I made them – they’re GREAT!

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    Anonymous — October 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm


    I’m Veronica, I’m trying this recipe but how much Baking soda is it?
    You put in the directions to mix it, but in the ingredients is missing.
    Thank you!
    Later on I’ll let you know how they baked!



  10. #
    Jen — October 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Veronica – It’s a typo in the instructions. It should say Baking Powder. I have corrected the post.

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    howitworks — March 15, 2018 at 6:12 am

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