Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

I came up with this cold pomegranate quinoa salad over the summer. I had just discovered quinoa and was experimenting with different ways to make it. Then I got a great deal on pomegranates but had no clue what to do with all of them! I combined the two and ended up with a crisp, fresh salad that can be used as a side dish or even combined with some diced, cooked chicken(or maybe leftover turkey!) for a light meal. Even with winter approaching, it's nice to have a taste of summer and eat something cool and fresh!

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad, easy fresh salad by Over The Apple Tree


Ingredients:
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 cucumber diced
  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1/4 c finely chopped cilantro
  • 4 sliced scallions
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Prepare quinoa according to directions on package...I boil 1 1/2 cups water, then add 1 cup quinoa. Reduce heat, cover and simmer till quinoa is tender. I place cooked quinoa in a bowl and cool in fridge. While that's cooling, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Dice up the cucumber, remove pomegranate seeds from half a pomegranate, finely chop cilantro, chop scallions, peal 1 carrot and shred using a cheese grater. Toss all ingredients together then drizzle olive oil over top, Add salt and pepper to taste, toss together. Refrigerate.

Can't get your hands on pomegranates? Try subbing blueberries!


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15 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try this. It looks so easy to make up a "batch" for lunches!

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  2. All my favorites! Can't wait to try this salad!

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  3. This looks so good! I'm always looking for new ways to make quinoa! It sounds so good with the pomegranate and cucumber!

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  4. Love this recipe! Hopped over from Two Cup Tuesday . I am now hosting Tasty Tuesdays with nine other blogs. Please hop on over and link up this recipe and some others. http://bit.ly/1htHZV7

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog Lori! I will check out the link party and add it too my party list. Have a great day!

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  5. This looks so good - so glad I saw it over at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. I'm a Flexitarian (working on the Vege) and always looking for great quinoa recipes - thanks for sharing!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up at The Wednesday Roundup! Looking forward to following along!! Angela @ http://lemoinefamilykitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Angela!

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  7. This looks great! Jumped over from the weekend retreat link up and so glad that I did. Look forward to more of your recipes. Becky @http://beckysbestbites.com

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  8. This is such a fabulous recipe! I am always looking for new ways to eat quinoa....thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Hi there, I'm Christine, one of the co-hosts of the Wednesday Roundup. Thanks for sharing this quinoa dish at the party this week. This is my pick for favorite! I adore quinoa! Make sure you check back Wednesday to see if you've been featured :-) http://www.foodyschmoody.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Christine, so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by blog!

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  10. This looks yummy! I've actually never had quinoa, but I've heard nothing but good things--and the addition of pomegranate sounds great!
    Thanks for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow last week!

    - Brooke -

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  11. This looks amazing, a must try this weekend. Following from fantastic fridays :)

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