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Cucumber & Cherry Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No-Cook


A quinoa salad with sweet cherries, cucumber, pistachios, feta and a fresh orange dressing.


  • Zest and juice of 1 medium orange (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 medium English cucumber
  • 1 ½ cups sweet cherries, pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk or shake together the orange zest and juice, white wine vinegar, Dijon, honey, olive oil, salt and black pepper until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, cucumber, cherries, pistachios and feta. Add the dressing as desired and toss to combine. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Top with parsley to serve.


Cooking Tip: To cook quinoa, add 2 cups water and 1 cup quinoa to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed and the germ pops out from the quinoa seed. Fluff with a fork.

Substitution Tip: Use any combination of grain, vegetable, fruit, nut, crumbly cheese and herb in this recipe.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 201
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 161mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg

Keywords: salad, grain salad, quinoa salad, quinoa, cherry, cherries, cucumber, vinaigrette