Hi folks! I’ve got a perfect side dish to serve up at your Cinco de Mayo celebration. It’s a confetti of deliciousness, a fiesta of colors and textures and it’s so simple to make. I recently enjoyed it over a bowlful of kale greens with fresh sliced avocado, lime & sea salt and some Flackers (one of my fav Gluten-Free chips – see below). Thank you Cranberry Institute for your “tool kit” and thank you Cranberry Marketing Committee this yummy recipe.
A Fresh Salad for the Start of Spring! (Serve it up at your “Cinco de Mayo” celebration)
CRANBERRY & CILANTRO QUINOA SALAD
Try a delicious and simple Cranberry & Cilantro Quinoa Salad (recipe below) for meatless Monday this week.
Yield: 8 servings Ingredients
- 2 cups water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup minced carrots
- ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
- ½ cup chopped yellow bell pepper
- 3 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
- 3 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
- 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Pinch ground red pepper
1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and pinch of salt to a boil over high heat; stir in quinoa, reduce heat and bring to a low simmer. Cover pot and cook until all liquid is absorbed (about 13 minutes).
2. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
3. To the bowl of quinoa, stir in cranberries, carrots, red and yellow peppers, red onion and cilantro until mixed.
4. In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, oil, salt and ground red pepper and pour over quinoa-cranberry mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Does not have to be served cold.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 30, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 3.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 115mg, Total Carbohydrate 29g, Sugars 11g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 45%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%
Recipe courtesy of the Cranberry Marketing Committee, uscranberries.com
Disclaimer: I was not paid to feature this recipe or mention uscranberries.com. However, I did receive a “tool kit” of supplies, including dried cranberries and some useful kitchen tools to make this recipe. I am happy to report it was absolutely delicious (and there are no leftovers).
These are the Flackers. They are simply nutritious – basically seasoned sprouted, raw & dehydrated flax seeds. I like this Rosemary variety. I found these at Whole Foods. BTW: They didn’t ask me to feature or mention their product, I just simply like them. : )