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Apple Quinoa Salad

This Apple Quinoa Salad is a flavor and ingredient loaded fall-inspired salad that's vegan, nutrient dense and vibrant - perfect as a meal or side salad!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 492kcal
Author Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ cups diced apples
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped

Dressing

Instructions

  • Place the quinoa in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Toast until the seeds start to pop and become aromatic. Add 2 cups of water to the quinoa and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to low. Cover and simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep covered for an additional 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and season with salt.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
  • When the quinoa is cool, place it in a bowl and add all the ingredients for the salad on top. Pour the dressing on top and stir gently to combine. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 2-3 days in the fridge. Don't add in the apple until serving or it will start to brown.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1432IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg