Citrus and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is gluten-free, fiber-rich, and grain-free source of protein that makes a perfect salad and side dish. Quinoa salad is a perfect dish to bring to any holiday party, especially with cranberries mixed in, and served alongside a side of green beans, it really fits the red and green Christmas aesthetic. It always gets me in the spirit of the season.

Quinoa has many health benefits. As a seed, instead of a grain, it avoids the inflammatory effects of many grain-based foods including bread and rice. If you are looking to go gluten-free or grain-free to avoid the inflammatory effects of many grains, quinoa is the perfect option. Additionally, quinoa is a great supplemental source of fiber and protein.

Below is the recipe for my quinoa salad. I hope you enjoy it!




  • Place 2 cups of quinoa in a pot with 4 cups of water
  • Put on medium heat, wait until it boils over and water has been absorbed
  • While quinoa is cooking:
    • Dice 1/4 cups of red onion
    • Chop parsley
    • Slice oranges into segments
  • When quinoa is finished:
    • Dump into a large bowl
    • Mix in all ingredients
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Pour over quinoa


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