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Quinoa, Pecan and Cranberry Salad

21 Reviews
84% would make this recipe again

This salad is ideal for pic-nics. It can be served as a starter or as a side dish. Pecans may be replaced by other nuts.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 15 min Standing : 2 h
370 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Very easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Artery-healthy
  • Heart-healthy

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa 180 g
2 cups water 500 mL
3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 80 g
9 tbsp dried cranberries 80 g
1 oranges, juice and peel 180 g
3 tbsp canola oil 45 mL
3 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 g
2 tsp balsamic vinegar 10 mL
salt [optional]

Method

  1. Place the quinoa in a fine strainer and hold it under cold running water until the water runs clear, then drain well. Put it in a saucepan with the water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat, cover, then simmer until the grains are translucent and the germ has spiralled out from each grain, about 15 minutes. Place the quinoa in a bowl, then let it cool down about 1 h at room temperature.
  2. Add the pecans, cranberries, zest and juice of the orange, oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme and salt. Mix well.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 h to allow the flavours to meld. Adjust the seasoning then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (210g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

370

Fat

20 g

30 %

Saturated 1.6 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

9 %

Cholesterol

0 mg

Sodium

10 mg

0 %

Carbohydrate

45 g

15 %

Fibre

5 g

20 %

Sugars

16 g

Protein

6 g

Vitamin A

1 %

Vitamin C

29 %

Calcium

4 %

Iron

26 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ¾ serving
Grain Products : 1 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : ½ serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol
Low  :
Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of  :
Folacin, Niacin, Omega-3, Omega-6, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C
Good source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Excellent source of  :
Iron, Magnesium, Manganese
Diet-related health claims  :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1 ½
Fruits 1
Fats 3 ½

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21 Reviews (21 with rating only ) 84% would make this recipe again