Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate


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Follow Me on Pinterest Pomegranate is a fruit from antiquity but for as long as it has been under cultivation, most folks no nothing about what to do with it other than decorate the table at Thanksgiving. Follow the underwater method of removing the jewel-tones seeds from the shell and membrane that we outline in our pomegranate profile. It’s fairly quick and oh so clean. If you haven’t already discovered: pomegranate juice is a real stainer.

So you have a bowl of seeds. You are on your way to putting together a unique and delightful salad. The flavors and textures blend in a surprising and satisfying way. Try this pomegranate salad with a slice of meatloaf and a slab of maple-roasted butternut squash. The combination sings and makes you glad its finally fall. You could also serve this salad with your Thanksgiving turkey instead of having the usual cranberry sauce.

Quinoa Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (soaked the night before and cooked in bone broth, of course)

  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 3 cups pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced lemon balm or zest from one lemon
  • 2 finely minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • Juice of a small lemon
  • 1 cup broken and roasted walnuts

Quinoa Salad Steps

  1. Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl large enough to do thorough tossing.

  2. Taste for salt and pepper.
  3. Make any necessary adjustments and serve.

This salad is best at room temperature. It stays fresh and nice up to three days in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator, but do take it out an hour before meal time to take the chill off.

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20 Responses to Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate
  1. Hi, KerryAnn! This recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Kelly

    • Amanda Rose

      Hi Kelly. It’s Amanda. I like to distinguish this website from KerryAnn’s (and others) by saying: “It’s the only one written in an historic brothel….” (Of course, that totally embarrasses my father which makes it more fun still.)

  2. This looks really interesting. It is dumb question time… I have only encountered pomegranates a couple times in my life. There’s a delicious pulp around a seed, and it’s the pulp you are after. Is it okay to eat the inner seed, or is there an etiquette to discreetly spitting them out?

    • Amanda Rose

      Great question Stealthy Mom! We live in pomegranate country and I have never seen anyone spit them out. They are definitely edible.

  3. I love this simple salad made with healthy natural ingredients especially the pomegrantes Great picture too..

  4. What a lovely salad. I made one similar using millet back in Oct. http://www.beyondthepeel.net/2011/10/millet-pomegranate-salad-with-a-basil-chimichurri-dressing.html for the WWC I was hosting. I look forward to trying yours with the lemon balm and quinoa. Looks delicious.

  5. What a yummy healthy salad! This is not only great for Thanksgiving and occasions. I would have loved to make such for a weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!
    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/12/fat-tuesday-december-6-2011/

  7. Bethany

    What the heck is lemon balm?

    • Amanda Rose

      LOL. I guess we should have clarified that it’s an herb. I’ll ask my mom for some alternatives. :)

  8. Looks like another keeper, though i had no idea what quinoa was till 2 minutes ago. I’ll see if can find any in the local stores.

  9. So glad to find another quinoa recipe. I bought some for the first time a few weeks ago and have only cooked it once. Kids weren’t crazy about it, but this might work for them. I know it will work for me!
    (BTW, found you through Things I Love Thursday)

  10. Loving this recipe right now, I am on a pomegranate kick, just love them!! Plain, or mixed in I haven’t found anything they don’t do well with.

    I am hosting a Holiday Treats Week on my blog next week I hope you will stop by and link up some of your recipes.

  11. Bethany

    Just made this–very tasty and very pretty. The green parsley and red pomegranate seeds make it seasonally festive too.

  12. Your salad looks beautiful, and I love all the ingredients. Pomegranate if a favorite at our house. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  13. Quinoa and pomegranate – two of my favourite things – can’t wait to try them together!

  14. What a great combination for a salad. I have been using a lot of pomegranate lately and just love it. Your salad looks delicious and very pretty. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe with My Meatless Mondays. It exemplifies what we can eat without meat and be healthy, attractive and delicious. We are featuring this, later today so come on over and feel free to bring more food.

  16. Could you use barley instead of quinoa? I have a hard time finding quinoa, and pearled barley is dirt cheap!

  17. they looks yummy :)
    it really match to my dinner menu that no meat, just fruits and vegetables only :)
    but, it’ll be a little hard to me to find any cuinoa :(

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