Apple Quinoa Salad

21 Jul

Looking for something new and simple to try for your next picnic? I present you my new favorite recipe – Apple Quinoa Salad!

Perfect (non-animal) protein + nature’s perfect fruit + maple syrup = levels of wonder you never dreamed possible in one simple salad.

You’re welcome.

Recipe for Apple Quinoa Salad


Prep – 15 minutes (basically cutting and mixing things together)
Cooking Time – 15 minutes for the quinoa
Refrigeration Time – 1 hour prior to serving (or longer)
Serves – 6-8

Summer Salad with Apple

  • 1 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3/4 tsp. Cinnamon, Ground
  • 3 Red Apples, Diced
  • 1 Cup Celery, Diced OR 1 Cup Walnuts, Chopped (OR BOTH!)
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Juice of About 1 Lemon
  • Brown Sugar (optional)


  • Add apple juice, water, quinoa and cinnamon to medium saucepan and bring to boil. After boil is reached, turn heat to low and cover saucepan.
  • Cook quinoa mixture for 15 to 20 minutes – until liquid is completely absorbed. Be sure to check after 10 minutes or so.
  • Refrigerate quinoa mixture for at least 1 hour; can be prepared the night before.
  • Add the apples, cranberries (and/or walnuts), celery, oil, salt, maple syrup and brown sugar (if you so choose). Squeeze lemon juice over salad; depending on size/juiciness of lemon you’ll need to use the entire lemon.
  • Toss it around a bit and stick back in the fridge for a bit or EAT!

7 Responses to “Apple Quinoa Salad”

  1. Angela 21. Jul, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve just purchased a huge bag of Quinoa so I’m going to try it out with this recipe.

    • Mandie 24. Jul, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      You’re so welcome – let me know how it turns out and if you put your own spin on it 🙂

  2. Gary Wiz Burns 22. Jul, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    This sounds like a great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!


    • Mandie 24. Jul, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      You’re so welcome. I’m not much of a chef, but like to share the simple, tasty recipes I find.

  3. Shandi 25. Jul, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    This looks GREAT! I can’t WAIT to try it!

    I came across this page when searching for a seamstress I know; I wanted to include a link to her from my blog. I found an interview with her on this site! (

    • Mandie 25. Jul, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      The internet works in mysterious ways 😉 In any case, I’m glad you found Heart Handmade Blog – and hope you find many more features/posts that strike your fancy. Let me know how the quinoa salad turns out!

  4. ShandiGP 01. Aug, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I took this recipe to a potluck and everyone loved it! They kept asking for the recipe! It is delicious, and it reminds me a lot of Passovercharoset, which has apples, walnuts and cinnamon.

    Great job!

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