Orange Cherry Quinoa Salad

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Six ingredients, tons of flavor, textures galore – all are in this Orange cherry quinoa salad. I might have found my favorite salad of the summer.

This orange cherry quinoa salad is quick and easy, it requires little cooking. This salad is covered in a lemon poppy seed dressing is perfection.

This orange cherry quinoa salad is quick and easy, it requires little cooking. This salad is covered in a lemon poppy seed dressing is perfection.

Stop the press. Hold the phone. Pause the internet. Is that a thing ??!!??I am all about this salad right now. This salad has oranges, cherries, cucumber, shallots, spinach, quinoa and it is covered in a bright lemon poppy seed vingerette. I am all in. I am so in love with all these bright happy flavors. It feels like summer in my mouth.
This salad is quick and easy, it requires little cooking. Cherry, orange, quinoa, spinach and cucumber covered in a lemon poppy seed dressing is perfection.

Can we get a little nostalgic for a minute? I love cherries. Growing up we had this huge cherry trees in my great grand parents house. It was my favorite place to hide out. I still remember climbing into the cherry tree and reading for hours. I would only come out to get water because I feasted on super ripe and juicy cherries. So basically I lived on cherries for the whole summer. It was bliss. It was my happy place. It makes me want to go out and buy a cherry tree. It just occurred to me that I have no clue where to buy a cherry tree. But I would buy it and plant a cherry tree for the kids. Ofcourse before I get too carried away, I remember that I don’t live on a farm and I have an association. Sooooo no go. Ahhhh, the struggle is real.

This salad is quick and easy, it requires little cooking. Cherry, orange, quinoa, spinach and cucumber covered in a lemon poppy seed dressing is perfection.

I was in the grocery store and they had cherry samples handing out to everyone. I was perhaps a bit too happy. One it wasn’t a Friday and it wasn’t a spread. I love fruit samples. Honestly they show give out fresh fruits. It makes everyone happy. So then I take another bite of my salad. Thoughts?? Happy place, happy place!  And the vinaigrette. And if you wanted to add some goat cheese in the mix, I wouldn’t be mad at ya. I just so happened to make it for my cousin and she claims to to allergic to goats. But that is a story for another time.

This salad is quick and easy, it requires little cooking. Cherry, orange, quinoa, spinach and cucumber covered in a lemon poppy seed dressing is perfection.

I think the instructions for this salad should be wash some yummy stuff, chop, cover with some awesome sauce and enjoy.  It is perfect way to enjoy a high protein vegan salad.

5 from 1 vote

Orange Cherry Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • Vinaigrette
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Salad
  • 6- ounce package baby spinach
  • 1 cup precooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh sweet cherries pitted and halved
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 -2 orange sliced thinly
  • 1 english cucumber sliced thinly

Instructions

  • Take the vingarette ingredients and place in a jar with a lid. Shake vigorously until sauce becomes creamy.
  • Combine the salad ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover salad with 1/2 the salad dressing. Add more or serve the dressing along with salad (keep your options wide open). Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Author: Cookingmaniac

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  1. These are pretty much all of my favorite things in a salad! So good!

    1. Me too Christine! It reminds me tat summer is up on us..lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Delicious combo! These quinoa are good with any flavor:)

    1. Thank you so much Uma! I’m glad you like it.

  3. 5 stars
    The unexpected combination of fruits and vegetables ๐Ÿ™‚
    Special attention is given a great dressing!

    1. Thank you so much Klauss! So glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Dom!

  4. This looks delicious! I’m so excited that cherries are back in season.. I’ve already eaten so many but I didn’t think to put them in a salad ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

  5. This looks great! I am always looking for new ways to use quinoa. Love the addition of cherries here, it sounds so good!

  6. 5 stars
    I first tried quinoa when I tried Hello Fresh. It was so good. I’m adding this salad to my list of recipes for June. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love how colourful this is – perfect for summer!

  8. Looks so fresh and delicious! The dressing sounds amazing!

  9. What a great combination of flavored!!

  10. soniya r saluja says:

    So refreshing & Impressive!!

  11. This looks amazing! I love hearty salads that are so much more the lettuce and tomato. And a poppyseed dressing? Yes, please! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I live for hearty salads too Caitlin! I might need to talk to someone about my poppyseed dressing addiction.

  12. Sounds easy fresh and yummy

    1. I love super easy meals to Candy. It means the faster I get to eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    I am going to try this out!

    1. I’m so glad you like this Dena!

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