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Mandarin Orange Quinoa Salad

This Mandarin Orange Quinoa Salad is super easy to put together and it’s great served warm or cold. Add some fresh mint to take it up a notch. Enjoy this healthy and easy quinoa salad recipe as a side dish or light lunch.

Mandarin orange quinoa salad in a large white bowl on top of a white cloth. Salad has sliced almonds and mint sprinkled on top.

Quinoa Salad with Mandarin Oranges Recipe

Ingredients for Mandarin Orange Quinoa Salad

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and can easily be made vegan. You will need:

  • uncooked quinoa- red, white, or variety. Quinoa is gluten free.
  • vegetable or chicken broth
  • mandarin oranges- grab the ones in the jar at the grocery store that come packed in juice or water (don’t get the ones in syrup).
  • sliced roasted almonds- salted or unsalted, whichever you prefer.
  • salt
  • fresh mint

What else can I add to this salad?

Try ingredients such as dried cranberries or baby spinach that complement citrus flavors well. Make this salad to your liking.

Close up of mandarin orange quinoa salad. You can see the color variety of the quinoa, juiciness of the oranges and texture of the almonds.

How to Make Mandarin Orange Quinoa Salad

First, combine quinoa and broth in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook quinoa covered until all the broth is absorbed (about 20-25 minutes).

Then, remove quinoa from heat. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa with the mandarins, almonds and mint. Season with salt if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Overhead picture of mandarin orange quinoa salad in a white bowl on a gray counter.

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Mandarin Orange Quinoa Salad in a white bowl

Mandarin Orange Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Delicious and refreshing Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad is delicious served hot or cold!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (red, white, or variety)
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced roasted almonds
  • salt to taste, I used a couple grinds of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint

Instructions

  1. Combine quinoa and broth in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until all the broth is absorbed (about 20-25 minutes).
  2. Remove quinoa from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa with the mandarins, almonds and mint.
  4. Season with salt if desired.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Notes

Mint is optional.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 698mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 7g

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The Olive Blogger

Thursday 29th of August 2019

I am a HUGE fan of quinoa, we try to use it in place of many starches we used to it <3 The flavour combination sounds interesting, I am a fan of all the things on their own so together I am sure we will love it!

Amy Chung

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

What a nice and easy salad! So delicious and I love the fact that you used chicken broth. Just changes the flavour completely!

Debra Klein

Monday 26th of August 2019

Always looking for vegan recipes that are healthy and come together quickly. Pinned for reference. Thank you.

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