April can be a wondrous time of year with flowers blooming, grass turning green and everything coming alive. Hmm, this year everything is taking its dear sweet time. That is probably because Mother Nature has been in a grumpy mood and has blanketed us with winter up until the last week.

Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad w Maple Citrus Dressing

This time of year vegetables are not in season and can get quite expensive. It can be a bit difficult, as well as costly to be able to have a great salad for lunch. The combination of crunchy nuts and vegetables along with the sweet tangy flavour of the dressing brings this salad alive.

There are flavours for everyone!  I have brought this salad to gathering and everyone loved it!!


Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad With Maple Citrus Dressing

This is a deliciously, hearty salad that is great as a side or a meal.

Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad w Maple Citrus Dressing


Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Maple Citrus Dressing (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan Option)


1/2 c. red quinoa**- uncooked

1 medium carrot- peeled and shredded

2 c. mixed chopped vegetables (I have used broccoli, cucumber, peppers)

2 green onions/scallions- chopped (or diced red onion)

2/3 c. raw cashews (desired nuts or omit if nut allergy)

1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds (or other seeds)

1/3 c. dried cranberries

Optional if not vegan- 1 1/2 c. chicken- cooked and shredded

Maple Citrus Dressing:

1 lemon squeezed (approx. 2 Tbsp.)

1 lime squeezed (approx. 1 Tbsp)

2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or raw honey if not vegan)

2 Tbsp. olive oil (or desired mild oil)

1 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)

Rinse and cook quinoa as per directions and set aside to cool.

Mix all your vegetables except for your cashews into your cooled quinoa and mix.

Whisk together dressing and pour over salad. Mix well. Makes 6 cups of salad without the chicken. If adding chicken add now. Add cashews just before serving for optimum crunchiness.

Store sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Quinoa Salad With Chicken

** You can absolutely use regular quinoa. I just thought that the red looked pretty.

Other Salads You May Enjoy:

Quinoa and Vegetable Salad

Tomato Basil Rainbow Salad

Brushetta Quinoa Salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Broccoli Salad

Shared On: Real Food Recipe Round Up , Motivational Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Fat Tuesday, In and Out of the Kitchen, Waste Not Want NotGluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays, Real Food Friday, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Foodie Friends Friday

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12 comments on “Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Maple Citrus Dressing (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan Option)”

  1. Wow, what a great potluck dish! I love all of the different textures in this recipe too, it really livens up a salad nicely.

  2. First time I have seen your blog and will definitely be back. What a fantastic collection of recipes. My daughter is gluten free and finding recipes that we all enjoy is always a challenge. This recipe is a no brainer as I love quinoa and am always in search of new recipes when I am not trying to conjure up one of my own. It looks delicious with all the nuts and fresh veggies and will be perfect for our family’s light evening meals. Thanks for sharing on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday.

  3. Loved your recipe so much I am using it as one of my feature posts this week. Thanks so much for sharing and hope to keep seeing your posts and recipes every week. Have a wonderful healthy day.

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