Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula Recipe
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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."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 23, 2011

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 plays off the others making this salad a really well balanced, and healthy meal. I made it a few hours prior to serving so the ingredients could settle in together. In addition I topped the salad with salted cashew nuts to add a little crunch and cut back on the olive oil to keep it lighter.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 04, 2012

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 place but it left a werid aftertaste. Something sweeter like oranges may work better not sure if I'll try again


39 Ratings

Oct 07, 2010

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 couple shakes of ground cayenne instead of the serrano pepper, and mixed greens instead of the bed of arugula. I would definitely suggest adding more cranberries.

Apr 08, 2011

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 - cooled broccoli. It added another green to the mixture and truly the dish was so good! I would make this again and again.

Jul 18, 2011

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 fresh summer meal. Leftovers packed up well and were just as good for lunch the following day.

May 09, 2011

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 arugala because that's what I had. It was absolutely delicious! Really fresh and clean.

May 21, 2012

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....

Apr 25, 2011

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 it was perfect. THANK YOU!!


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  • Calories
  • 427 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.5 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 23.7 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 7.9 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 8.4 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 168 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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