Quinoa is gaining in popularity and for good reason! Quinoa is a healthy wheat alternative and can be made in a variety of ways. Personally, I love pairing quinoa with a slightly sweet fruit.

Try this delicious Cranberry and Quinoa Salad. You’re sure to be surprised as it’s not often you can find a recipe that is both festive and refreshing. Most holiday recipes are heavy and calorie-dense often leaving you feeling stuffed and lethargic.

A signature recipe in new bestseller, Healthy You!, this Cranberry and Quinoa Salad is sure to please the entire family and it’s perfect for any time of year. It’s hearty enough to complement the holiday turkey yet light enough to remind you of a warm spring day. Bring it to the office for a light and healthy lunch or serve it at a family gathering, as it’s sure to be one of the most popular and talked about side dishes.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4


  • cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


Cook quinoa according to package directions, transfer to bowl and refrigerate.

Once cool, combine quinoa, cranberries, scallions, almonds, cilantro and parsley in large bowl.

In separate bowl, whisk together lemon (or lime) juice, olive oil, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.

Pour dressing over quinoa, stirring gently to coat.


d_stone_headshot_finalDawna Stone is a health, fitness, and wellness expert. Her new book, Healthy You!: 14 Days to Quick and Permanent Weight Loss and a Healthier, Happier You is available on Amazon.com. To find out more about Dawna or to view her Healthy Living videos, tips and recipes, visit dawnastone.com.

An American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Health Coach, Stone has contributed health and wellness articles to numerous newspapers and magazines. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and her master’s degree from UCLA. An avid runner and Ironman triathlete, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.

by Dawna Stone

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Joelle Greig

Oh my, as someone who wants to omit wheat from my diet, nothing gets better than a salad using two of my favorite ingredients: cranberries and quinoa. I will be sure to give this a go as part of a healthful addition to weight loss that comes from a wheat-free “diet.”

Sara Ann Wright

Having a luncheon. Now far ahead could this be made? I avoid all recipes that say “serve at once/immediately”….even when not entertaining!