Thursday, 8 March 2012

Quinoa with Green Apples and Cranberries

This is a great idea for lunch or a side for dinner. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is a seed that comes from the Andes mountains in South America. Quinoa is stocked with life sustaining nutrients including eight essential amino acids and is considered to be a Superfood. 

I just think it tastes good! 

What you need:

This recipe is for two people.

  • 2 cups vegetable/chicken broth or water
  • 1 cup quinoa 
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/4 chopped cranberries
  • 2 sliced green onions/scallions
  • 3 tbsp grated zucchini
  • 1 tbsp sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/2 crushed garlic clove
  • salt and pepper

* if you double this recipe it is perfect for four or makes lots for leftovers. If you double the recipe you will use a full carton of broth (instead of half) and a full lime juiced and a full clove of garlic.

Step 1: add quinoa to boiling broth. I have used a mixed quinoa (different colours) however, most quinoa you find in any grocery store is just the blonde colour. Cook for 20 minutes (drain if necessary) and cool.

Step 2: assemble ingredients. I have chopped the onions, scallions,cranberries and sliced the apples and grated the zucchini.

Step 3: add ingredients to cooled quinoa.
Step 4: in a small container mix dressing: cider vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, crushed garlic salt and pepper.

Step 5: Toss and serve. Keeps very well for the next day.


  1. This looks fabulous, look forward to trying it someday.

  2. I LOVE quinoa. I will try this to up the healthy quotient,
    especially like the "grating of the zucchini. I think I need
    to invest in a mandolin.