cranberry quinoa salad in a bowl

Cranberry Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Erin Lives Whole
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


A healthy recipe for cranberry quinoa salad that is as easy as tossing simple ingredients like fresh herbs, almonds, and feta cheese together, making a lemon dijon dressing to mix, and enjoying in less than thirty minutes!



  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed.
  • 2 cups veggie broth 
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped green scallion
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. honey 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


To see how it’s made, watch the video above in the post!

  1. Rinse your quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and then add to a saucepan.
  2. Add in veggie stock and turn on heat.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil, then stir and turn the heat down to low and cover.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes covered.
  5. Turn off heat and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes, open lid  and fluff with fork.
  7. Your quinoa should have absorbed all the water, if not, return to heat for a few more minutes.
  8. Pour quinoa into bowl for cooling.
  9. Assemble the dressing while you wait.
  10. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in one bowl.
  11. Once quinoa as completely cooled, add cranberries, green scallion, almonds, feta cheese, and parsley. 
  12. Add dressing on top and mix together!
  13. Serve immediately or cold. This salad gets better the longer it sits in the fridge!
  14. Enjoy.

  • Category: dinner, side dish, gluten free, vegetarian

Keywords: quinoa salad, side dishes, gluten free, healthy side dishes, vegetarian