Quinoa Cranberry Pecan Arugula Salad with a super easy Balsamic Vinegar Dressing!
I’m always looking for new salad ideas. I like salads that are quick and easy to make, so I can just prepare them and take them on the go. Lately I’ve been packing my salads in a tupperware container and bringing it to the beach for a little picnic lunch. This salad is perfect for this.
Here’s what I love about this salad:
-It’s light and refreshing.
-It works great as a meal or as a side.
-The bitterness of the Arugula is offset by the sweet Cranberries, I guess you could say it’s Bittersweet. 🙂
-Every bite is packed with protein from the Quinoa goodness.
-The dressing for this is so easy to make, honestly I’m never buying salad dressing from the store anymore.
-It’s super duper addicting…seriously after I made this batch I had to go to the store and get more to make. Now I’m eating it for my lunches everyday. 🙂
You can mix this up a bit, the second time I made it I used sliced almonds and dried cranberries.
For a super easy home made Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, try the recipe I made for it here —–> Balsamic Vinaigrette
It’s super delicious with this salad and is 100% better than any store bought dressing!
If you try this, let me know what you think! Just leave a comment below and rate it – it’s really helpful for me and other readers. 🙂 And don’t forget to take a picture and Hashtag it #Tastefulventure on Instagram so I can see!
Quinoa Cranberry Pecan Arugula Salad
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: Healthy
- 1/2 a container of Baby Arugula, about 2.5 oz
- 2 cups cooked Quinoa
- 1 3oz package Pecan and Cranberry salad topper
- For the Dressing;
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tbs minced Shallots
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare Quinoa as directed on package.
- I usually prepare my Quinoa ahead of time and already have stored in the fridge.
- Mix together dressing and shake well.
- In large bowl add salad ingredients.
- Add dressing to salad and mix well.
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