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Cranberry Mint Quinoa

Have I told you that I like quinoa? This is only the 3rd quinoa recipe that I’ve posted. I will definitely post more. What is it that I like so much about quinoa? Flavor, flavor, FLAVOR. Quinoa has a subtle nutty flavor that compliments many seasonings and foods such as cider vinegar, mint, basil, feta, olives, tomatoes, shrimp and of course, garlic. Quinoa also tastes wonderful by itself. It’s loaded with antioxidants and it’s gluten free. If these aren’t enough to peak your interest in quinoa, perhaps this delicious quinoa recipe will be. This is a Julie original. Yes, I threw this recipe together and tweaked the ingredients until it tasted perfect. Please enjoy the recipe.
Cranberry Mint Quinoa

Cranberry Mint Quinoa

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping tbsp full of chopped mint
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta


  1. Prepare the quinoa according to package directions or use a rice cooker following the same directions for cooking rice
  2. Allow the quinoa to cool
  3. Combine remaining ingredients with the quinoa and mix well
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 80mg Carbohydrates: 33g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g

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9 comments on “Cranberry Mint Quinoa”

  1. I need to find an Earth Fare or some more healthy eatings grocery store to get some quinoa! I have been seeing quite a few tasty recipes that I have been wanting to try (including this one, i looooove mint) and I think looking at pictures is not going to settle my craving for quinoa :)

  2. Loving this, never had it, but I will be making this!!

  3. I love quinoa too….. and LOVE this combo with it! I have just about everything in my fridge right now too… this may just get made tonight! ~Stephanie

  4. Following via the giveaway at Mom's Test Kitchen. Care to link up on my Healthy Tuesday post?

  5. This looks so yummy!! Never had cranberries in it before, will definitely have to try.

    Newest follower via the hop. Have a great day.

  6. Oh, I love all the flavors and textures in this dish…just fantastic!

  7. Julie, this looks so good! I haven't tried quinoa, but now I really want to! I'm pinning this!! :) Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm & Link Up! Hope to see you again next week!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  8. I hate to admit I've never had quinoa. I think I must be the only one! It is on my list of things to make …. this sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week! I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

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