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Quinoa Salad with Berries and Candied Nuts

This Berry and Nuts Quinoa Salad is a light and fresh lunch or side salad, yet it has plenty of protein from quinoa and nuts. Fresh summer berries are little powerhouses of vitamins and are super kid-friendly. But the cinnamon toasted nuts will take this dish to the next level.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, International, Raw vegan, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword berries and nuts, berry quinoa salad, quinoa salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 623kcal



  • 1 cup Quinoa 173 g
  • 1 ¼ cups Water 3 dl

Cinnamon Toasted Pecans


  • 6 cups Mixed baby salad greens 330 g
  • 2 cups Fresh mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette


Cooking quinoa

  • Combine the quinoa and water in a small pot and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

Toasting pecans

  • Line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add the pecans and stir to coat evenly.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  • Pour the pecans in the skillet, spreading them out in an even layer.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until toasted. Nuts can burn quickly, so don’t walk away at this point!
  • You’ll know the pecans are done when you start to smell them.
  • Pour them out onto the parchment-lined plate and spread in an even layer. Let them cool. They will crisp up as they cool.

Making Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.

Assemble your salad

  • Combine the mixed baby greens, mixed berries, cooked quinoa, and toasted pecans in a large salad bowl. Mix well.
  • To serve, divide among 4 bowls and drizzle with the Maple Dijon Vinaigrette.


Used with permission from Jenn Sebestyen and Fair Winds Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. © 2019.
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Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8.6g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31.5g | Sodium: 828mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 8.9g | Sugar: 20.6g | Vitamin A: 6181IU | Vitamin C: 29.4mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 4.4mg