Delicious and healthy, this Pomegranate Quinoa Salad is not only easy to prepare, but it's super healthy too! With ingredients like quinoa, pomegranates, cucumbers, and feta, you know it has to be good! I love serving this salad with Barbecued Sumac Chicken for a tasty and nutritious meal!
How to Make Pomegranate Quinoa Salad
STEP 1: Place cold quinoa in a salad bowl, then add chopped Italian parsley, onion, cucumber, and serranos, if using.
STEP 2: Gently mix the feta cheese and pomegranate seeds into the salad.
STEP 3: Whisk the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl until thoroughly blended, then pour the dressing over the salad and mix in. Refrigerate the quinoa salad for an hour or more to allow the flavors to come together.
How to Cook Quinoa
For every cup of dry quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah"), I recommend using 1 to 1-¼ cups of water to cook the quinoa in.
I know this is a lot less water than the ratio which is usually recommended. However, we don't want the quinoa to be mushy.
Start by washing ¾ cup of quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer, until the water runs clear.
Add to a small saucepan, along with one cup of water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for ten minutes. Place quinoa in the fridge and allow it to cool.
Quinoa Health Benefits
Quinoa is a very healthy grain that you should incorporate into your diet. As a matter of fact, according to healthline.com:
"Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids."
Let's take a look at how one cup of Quinoa stacks up nutritionally to one cup of white rice.
- 222 calories.
- 39 grams (g) of carbs.
- 8g of protein.
- 4g of fat.
- 5g of fiber.
- 2g of sugar
- 242 calories.
- 53 grams (g) of carbs.
- 4g of protein.
- 0g of fat.
- 1g of fiber.
- 0g of sugar
As you can see, quinoa has fewer calories and carbs, more fiber, and twice as much protein. So if you are trying to eat healthier, consider replacing some of your rice servings with quinoa instead.
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Pomegranate and Quinoa Salad
- 1½ cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup Italian parsley (chopped)
- ⅓ cup red onion (diced)
- 1 medium Persian cucumber (diced)
- 2 serrano peppers (diced, optional)
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate syrup
- 1 ½ tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Place cold quinoa in a salad bowl, then add chopped Italian parsley, onion, cucumber, and serranos, if using. Gently mix the feta cheese and pomegranate seeds into the salad.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl until thoroughly blended, then pour the dressing over the salad and mix in.
- Refrigerate the quinoa salad for an hour or more to allow the flavors to come together.
This recipe was originally posted on 9/23/2017 and updated on 11/20/2019. Some nutritional information was added to the post.