Quinoa, Pecan and Cranberry Salad

Quinoa, Pecan and Cranberry Salad

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.

4 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 15 min

Standing 2 h

370 calories per serving 


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
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g


  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

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (210g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




20 g

30 %

Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

9 %


0 mg


10 mg

0 %


45 g

15 %


5 g

20 %


16 g


6 g

Vitamin A

2 %

Vitamin C

30 %


4 %


25 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ½ serving

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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

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This recipe is in the following categories: Nuts | Rice/Grain | First courses/Appetizers | Lunch box | Salads | Side dishes | Artery-healthy | Halal | Heart-healthy | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Source of Omega-3 | Vegan | Vegetarian | Picnic

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