Inca Red Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

Inca Red Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage


"Crunchy red quinoa is tossed with baby beets, red bell pepper, orange zest and mint in a honey-mustard pomegranate vinaigrette, and served with sweet apple chicken sausage and orange slices for a delicious lunch or dinner salad."


20 m servings 270 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 270 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 35.1g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 10.9 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 333 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Using a medium skillet coated with pan spray, brown the sweet apple chicken sausages over medium high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add red quinoa stir in. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until quinoa is tender, 10 – 15 minutes. Quinoa should be crunchy. Strain and chill with cold water, drain well. Transfer to a mixing bowl, and toss in the beets, orange peel, red onion, red pepper and fresh mint.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice, olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over the salad mixture and mix well.
  4. Slice the browned sweet apple chicken sausage 1/4 inch on the diagonal, and toss with the quinoa salad. Chill or serve immediately
  5. Arrange with the orange slices and garnish with fresh mint.


  • *When using canned beets, be sure to drain well. When using fresh beets cook until tender, drain, chill with cold water and peel. Both are good options, but fresh beets will have less sodium than the canned version.
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  1. 12 Ratings


Don't be confused, the recipe is not accurate since there is no Dijon mustard listed in the ingredient list, but it's in the description and directions. HOWEVER, this salad is to die for. I nor...

I LOVED the viniagrette...I used about 1/3 less than suggested so the salad would not be too liquidy. All the textures and different tastes were wonderful, but I'm giving it 3 stars because the...

This recipe was like nothing I have ever tried before. I never would have thought to put together those particular ingredients. It was great! I only had to substitute a couple of things because ...

This salad was really good. I made the salad portion in the morning to allow the flavors to blend. Topped it with warm sausage, orange supremes and a fresh toss of cool mint for serving. Note...

I normally don't review when I've really changed a's not fair to the this review is for the vinaigrette. It's delicious!! I did add 2 T Dijon as well. For the rest o...

It was delicious at first but the flavours were so strong that after a while I couldn't finish it. I think the problem may be with the dressing

This salad is FABULOUS and I am going to be making it again. Everyone I served loved it, but for me, I didn't care for the sweet apple sausage, but I'm not a fan of sweet sausages and maple syr...

Beet lovers take note: This is a refreshing salad that would make a lovely lunch. I made the recipe as stated, except for slicing the sausage before browning. I found myself adding more and ...

I'm always looking for another way to prepare Quinoa, and this recipe is absolutely delicious! It was finished in no time, but I did let it set in the refrigerator the rest of the day before ser...