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Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Simple, beautiful and festive salad made with Quinoa, pomegranate seeds, tangerine segments, and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette |


Ummmmm. Are you seeing a pattern here? I’m a teeny-weeny bit obsessed with quinoa. Okay, a lot. I can’t help it! It’s SO! GOOD!

Also, remember when I said that I was keeping all the fresh spinach for my salads? Well, here is the salad, except there’s no spinach in it. I used up the spinach and made my awesome Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza, instead! Far cry from that diet I was talkin’ about. But to counter that drool worthy pizza, I made this Pomegranate and Citrus Quinoa Salad the following day. Balance, people…that’s where it’s at.

Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette |

So this is my new favorite quinoa salad. It is my way of taking my quinoa-obsession up a notch.

How, you ask?

I’ll tell you!

By boiling it in chicken broth instead of water. YEAH! That is some gooooood stuff! I am shouting as if I invented this method, however I had always made my quinoa with water, trying to save me some calories for all the toppings I would add to it, but this time around I really wanted something different, and different is what I got. Different and damn good!

This is my new favorite quinoa recipe and it will be my favorite quinoa recipe until I try my next new favorite quinoa recipe! Besides, this is a lot more exciting than the usual lighter-meals that I eat – cereal, water and berries.

Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette |

OH! And let’s not forget about the dressing! You are going to LOVE it! Cran juice, pom juice, pom seeds… it’s just plain amazing. I drank it straight from the jar then I remembered to add it to our salad. Don’t judge… you’re going to do the same thing. Nevah say nevah!


Pomegranate citrus quinoa salad with cranberry-pomegranate vinaigrette.

Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad and Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Katerina | Diethood
Simple, beautiful Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad is made with pomegranate seeds, tangerine segments, creamy avocado, and more. This colorful, tangy quinoa salad is also topped with a homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette!
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Servings : 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Dressing
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
For the Salad
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 wedge iceberg lettuce , shredded
  • 2 small tangerines , segmented
  • 1 avocado , cubed
  • 2 radishes , thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds


For the Dressing
  • Combine all ingredients in a jar/cup with a lid; shake well and let stand.
For the Salad
  • Combine quinoa and broth in a saucepan and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes; remove from heat and let cool.
  • Layer shredded lettuce on a large plate.
  • Layer cooled quinoa on top of salad.
  • Add tangerine, avocado and sliced radishes.
  • Sprinkle feta cheese and pomegranate seeds.
  • Shake or mix the salad dressing very well and add desired amount to salad.
  • Serve.


*Refrigerate any remaining salad dressing and leftovers.


Calories: 331 kcal | Carbohydrates: 36 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 11 mg | Sodium: 387 mg | Potassium: 662 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 16 g | Vitamin A: 780 IU | Vitamin C: 24.3 mg | Calcium: 109 mg | Iron: 1.8 mg | Net Carbs: 29 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus quinoa salad, pomegranate quinoa salad, quinoa salad dressing, quinoa salad with avocado
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16 comments on “Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette”

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    Kim - Liv Life

    I LOVE this salad! Three of my favorite ingredients… pom, citrus and quinoa. We are obsessing on pomegranates this season, and I’m certain this will be a hit for my husband. MIght even make the Christmas table!!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Kelvin!
      That is all kinds of awesome!! Very glad you all enjoyed this salad. Thank you SO much for letting me know! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  2. Kate,
    I’m not obsessed with quinoa (that whole unfurled prophylactic thing stops me in my tracks) but this salad looks terrific–I love the colors and flavor combo and of course it uses both radishes from my farm share (occupying space in my fridge) and citrus from the band fruit fundraiser cases in the breakfast nook!
    In such a pretty way.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      HI, Kirsten!!! Unfurled prophylactic …. now I need to do some homework. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you’re having a great Sunday! xoxo

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That dressing sounds amazing and the salad so vibrant with colors and flavors!

  4. Now that’s a beautiful salad! Great selection of ingredients and love the addition of the quinoa because it’s a full meal. And you’re right – that dressing is usual and sounds delicious!

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    Gintare @Gourmantine

    Quinoa is too easy to get obsessed with. This is such a beautiful salad and surely delicious too!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    This is VERY beautiful, Kate! Love your cranberry & pomegranate based dressing! This is a wonderful salad for a holiday party!

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    Oge @ healthy food delivery

    I eat salads practically everyday and this salad has all my favorite ingredients. Love the beautiful vibrant colors! This will be a go to salad for a while. Thanks Katerina!

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    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines

    I’m totally joining you on the quinoa bandwagon, my friend. I love the stuff too. I’m not sure if I’ve ever made it with chicken broth instead of water or not, but now I’m going to try. See, you’re ruining my diet too. But, I’ll balance that by putting the quinoa in that salad and making that dressing. Both look amazing.

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    It’s okay that you’re obsessed with quinoa, because we love it too! This salad looks fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura Dembowski

    This has all my favorite ingredients. Quinoa, pomegranate, avocado, tangerines. Love it! I’ve been known to drink salad dressing on occasion ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dionne Baldwin

    This salad has so many great textures! I know this would be a big hit for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ This will be lunch tomorrow. P. S. – I love avocados!!

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