Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews


Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and hold it under cool running water for a few seconds to remove any saponin, the natural coating on the grain, which may taste bitter.

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


Honey Vinaigrette (Makes 1 cup)

  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper

Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup water

  • cup uncooked quinoa

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup whole cashews, coarsely chopped

  • ½ cup dried apricots, sliced in thin slivers

  • 1 cup fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved, or red seedless grapes, halved

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1 small head butter lettuce, torn (4 cups)


  1. For Honey Vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together ginger, honey, vinegar, lime juice, and garlic. Drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. For Quinoa Salad, in a medium saucepan combine water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Fluff quinoa with a fork. In a large bowl toss quinoa with cashews, apricots, cherries, and onion. Add lettuce, then drizzle with ½ cup of the Honey Vinaigrette. If necessary, season to taste with salt and pepper; toss again. Pass remaining vinaigrette. Refrigerate any remaining vinaigrette up to 5 days.

Couscous Variation

Substitute 1-1/4 cups water and 3/4 cup couscous for the quinoa. In a small saucepan bring the water and salt to boiling. Add couscous; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Add to salad with fruit.

Israeli Couscous Variation

In place of the quinoa, cook 2/3 cup Israeli (large pearl) couscous according to package directions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
17g Fat
52g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 696mg 15%
Folate, total 108.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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