Winter Wonder Quinoa Salad


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 10-14

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  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Serves: 10-14

Bring this salad to a holiday gathering or simply serve for a dinner with a little roasted chicken or butternut squash as a side. It is chock full of polyphenols protecting your body's tissues against oxidative stress, heart disease and inflammation! In addition to that the fiber from the grains and veggies is helping your microbiome!



  • 1 c dry organic quinoa, cook (follow directions on the package)
  • 1 c freekeh, cook (follow directions on the package)


  • 1 shredded or thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 head of thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1 whole pomegranate
  • 4 medium (precooked ) shredded beets, I buy mine at whole foods
  • 1/4 diced red cabbage
  • 1/2 diced fennel top, You can dice up the bulb very small too. I did not have the bulb left so I just used the top
  • 1/2 shredded watermelon radish
  • 1/2-1 whole, diced persimmon
  • 1/2 c diced microgreens , I used sunflower microgreens - they are the most mild tasting to my family
  • 1 head of diced romain or cos lettuce, I used cos


  • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T raspberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 t sumac , if you have it. If not just a pinch of salt

Goat cheese topper!

  • 6 oz goat cheese crumbled



  • 1)

    Cook the grains as the packaging specifies. You will get a lot of grain, you can use all of it if you have a big gathering or set a cup or so aside in your fridge to use later. I add grains to most everything!

    Place grains in the fridge to cool them down.


  • 1)

    Chop all fruits and veggies as specified, or to your liking and place in a large bowl. You can set some aside if you want to decorate the top of your salad for presentation purposes!


  • 1)

    In a mason jar with a lid (or something like that) mix the olive oil, maple syrup, raspberry balsamic and sumac (or a dash of salt) and mix well.

Putting it all together

  • 1)

    Bring your cooled grains out and mix with the chopped veggies. Top with goat cheese and extra fruit and veggies set aside for presentation! Drizzle dressing on the top!

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