It’s always really tough getting back into our healthy eating habits after the holidays. We have been enjoying pecan pie, apple pie, stuffing, cranberry sauce and so many other treats we wait all year long to indulge in. It’s time for a cleanse.

This winter quinoa salad is a great transition away from all the sweets because it combines ingredients you have been eating over the last few months in a very healthy way. In fact, quinoa has a ton of health benefits that you can learn about on Well-Being Secrets. This salad is also flexible and easily customized: Everything in the ingredients list can easily be substituted with whatever you have in your pantry.

Quinoa Salad with Pecans, Apples and Cranberries |
The quinoa can be substituted with couscous, farrow, or brown rice; pecans can be substituted with any nuts you have on hand; cranberries with any dried fruit; and the lemon juice with vinegar. You can put just about anything in this salad that sounds good.

Quinoa Salad with Pecans, Apples and Cranberries
Simply combine all the ingredients and enjoy. There’s a delightful crunch from the apple and celery. You can even make it a day ahead of time.

Super healthy Quinoa Salad with Pecans, Apples and Cranberries
Quinoa Salad with Pecans, Apples and Cranberries

Quinoa Salad with Pecans, Apples and Cranberries

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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 apple cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 small onion chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks cleaned and diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 lemon juiced (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil quick drizzle
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. 
  • Adjust lemon juice for your preference and season with salt & pepper.


Tip for raw onions: If raw onions are too potent for your taste; place chopped onions in a mesh strainer and pour a few cups of boiling water over the top. This will help to reduce the potency and can make eating raw onions more pleasant if you are sensitive to them.

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  1. Found this salad through an article on good quinoa recipes. This was delicious! I forgot the onion, and replaced the cranberries with chopped dried apricots/figs, and it was just yummy!