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Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This is a base recipe that can be altered to use whatever vegetables you like. The cranberries turn the quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) a pretty pink color which makes it especially nice for a holiday dish. This is a great pot luck dish since it doesn't have to be kept cold or hot. If cranberries aren't available use the Craisins (dried cranberries). Blueberries would also be a good substitute.


 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
 3 Tablespoons olive oil
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 3 teaspoons sugar
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
 1/2 cup chopped cranberries, fresh or frozen
 1/2 cup chopped carrot
 1 1/2 cups quinoa
 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
 3 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley


Prepare vinaigrette by combining first six ingredients in a small bowl and whisking until smooth. Set aside.

Cook carrots in a small amount of boiling water for a minute or two just until tender. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. For a little extra flavor save the carrot water and use it as part of the water to cook the quinoa.

Combine the remaining ingredients with the quinoa and vinaigrette and let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes for the flavors to fully mingle.

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