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Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad is a tasty and festive choice, combining quinoa, creamy avocado, feta, and vibrant pomegranate seeds with sweet tangerine segments. It’s tossed with a flavorful homemade cranberry-pomegranate vinaigrette, making it a perfect addition to any meal.

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad arranged on an oval platter with a large serving fork set next to the salad.

During the chillier times of the year, especially when pomegranates are plentiful and at peak quality, this Pomegranate Quinoa Salad becomes a vibrant and wholesome choice for our festive gatherings. The bold flavors of this salad combine the zest of citrus with sweet pomegranate, creamy avocado with salty feta cheese, and crisp salad greens. Dressed in a homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette, this colorful and tasty salad is delicious and nutritious!

Why We Love This Quinoa Salad

  • Versatile and Vibrant: Perfect as a main dish or a refreshing side.
  • Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: Combines wholesome quinoa with the antioxidant power of pomegranate and citrus fruits.
  • Fresh and Flavorful: The mix of feta cheese with avocado offers a fresh, creamy texture.

Ingredients For Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

  • Cranberry juice & Pomegranate juice for the tangy vinaigrette.
  • Extra virgin olive oil for the dressing.
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Quinoa
  • Chicken or Vegetable broth: For cooking the quinoa.
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Tangerines & Avocado
  • Radishes: Contribute a peppery bite.
  • Feta cheese & Pomegranate seeds for garnish.
Pouring a homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette over a salad.

How To Make Quinoa Salad

  1. Make the Dressing: Shake together the cranberry and pomegranate juice together with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and pomegranate seeds. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Cook the Quinoa: Boil quinoa in broth, simmer it for 15 minutes, then let it cool.
  3. Assemble the Salad: Layer lettuce, quinoa, tangerines, avocado, radishes on a serving plate.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with feta and pomegranate seeds.
  5. Serve: Dress the salad right before serving.

Recipe Tips And Variations

  • Balance the Flavors: If the dressing tastes too tart, add a small amount of honey or maple syrup to balance the acidity.
  • Citrus Variety: Experiment with different types of citrus fruits, like blood oranges or grapefruits, for varying flavors and colors.
  • Protein Boost: For a protein-packed meal, add grilled chicken, fish, or tofu.
  • Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle toasted nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts for added texture.
  • Make-Ahead: Prepare the quinoa and dressing ahead of time and assemble the salad just before serving to save time.
Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad served on an oval platter.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this pomegranate quinoa salad alongside our instant pot turkey breast or my air fryer rotisserie chicken. Include the salad as part of a larger cheese board spread, complementing this cranberry baked brie and blue cheese crackers. Serve it alongside warm mulled wine or apple cider mimosas for a holiday feel.


Refrigerate in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. Store the dressing separately to maintain freshness.

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Pomegranate citrus quinoa salad with cranberry-pomegranate vinaigrette.

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Katerina | Diethood
This Pomegranate Quinoa Salad combines citrus fruits and sweet pomegranate with creamy avocado and tangy feta cheese, all tossed with crisp salad greens and 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
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
For the Salad
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • ½ wedge iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 small tangerines, segmented
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • cup crumbled feta cheese
  • cup pomegranate seeds


For the Dressing
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper until completely combined.
For the Quinoa
  • Combine quinoa and chicken (or vegetable) broth in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes; remove from heat and let it cool.
For the Salad
  • Layer shredded lettuce on a large salad plate. Arrange the cooled quinoa over the top of the salad.
  • Add tangerine segments, chopped avocado, and sliced radishes. Sprinkle the top with feta cheese and pomegranate seeds.
  • Shake or mix the salad dressing very well and add desired amount to the salad.
  • Serve.


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

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 Quinoa Salad”

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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. 😉 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 🙂

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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 🙂

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    Dionne Baldwin

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

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