Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula

Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula

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"Intriguing combination of quinoa, arugula, dried cranberries, avocado and grapefruit with a spicy dressing make this a snazzy side dish or lovely summer lunch main dish."


1 h servings 427 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 427 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 23.7 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 49.5g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 8.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 168 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the quinoa until it has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat, rinse and drain in a fine mesh strainer. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add salt, and slowly add toasted quinoa. Cook until tender and the outer rings appear on the grains, 15 to 20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh colander. Place in a large bowl to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cranberries, lime juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, serrano pepper, mint, cilantro, shallot, and arugula. Stir into the cooled quinoa and add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Place 1 cup of baby arugula on each salad plate. Top with quinoa mixture, avocado, and grapefruit.
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  1. 39 Ratings


This one one of the best salads I ever made. I served it at a bridal luncheon and received rave reviews. The flavor combinations may sound unique, but they blend so well together. Each flavor...

A nice fresh salad. I enjoyed the combination of flavours, and the grapefruit was a nice treat. I made a few substitutions/changes. Parsley instead of cilantro, onion instead of shallot, a coupl...

Wow is this good!! So many fabulous flavors going on! Changes based on what I had on hand: I did not add the cilantro, cranberries or grapefruit, but did add some steamed but still crunchy - co...

Delicious! I forgot the pepper and the mint, added a little bit of seasoning salt and cayenne pepper. Subbed in mandarin oranges for the grapefruit for the welcome citrus punch. Perfect for a...

I was skeptical about the grapefruit, but it's one of my favorite fruits, so I gave it a try. I used parsley instead of cilantro because my husband hates cilantro and baby spinach instead of aru...

It really was an odd combo which I normally like but not this time. I would cook the onion or eliminate it and definitely do something other than grapefruit which is why I tried it in the first...

A staple in our household. My teenagers ask for it weekly. I've made it many times following it exactly, and many times switching the fruit. Always a hit....

WOW! One of the best salads I have made! It is so fresh, healthy and flavorful! The avacado I bought was bad so I didn't end up using it, but followed the receipe exactly with red quinoa and ...

Very nice salad. I did not have a serrano pepper, so skipped that part. I will try it next time. Healthy main dish for vegetarians.