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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Quinoa Cranberry Mandarin Salad

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero
  • Yield: 6-8 portions 1x


  • 6 cups cooked quinoa (2 cups dry)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 X 10.5-ounce cans of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage (or more if you like it)
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice (keep extra ¼ cup aside in case you want to add more)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (keep extra 2 tablespoons aside in case you want to add more)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: 4 cups baby arugula or baby spinach (or more)


For the salad:

  • Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer a few times
  • Place in a medium saucepan and cook according to the directions on the package
  • Set aside to cool
  • Place quinoa, red cabbage, celery, red onion, and cranberries in a large mixing bowl
  • Stir to combine
  • Add mandarin oranges and stir into salad very lightly so that they retain their shape and color (no mushing!)

For the dressing:

  • In a small bowl, combine orange juice, lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add more lemon and/or orange juice as desired… or…add to a glass of water and drink it!
  • Adjust seasoning to taste

Serve over a bed of arugula or baby spinach if desired. You can dress the salad before serving, or put both bowls on the table so everyone can help themselves.

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