Waldorf Inspired Quinoa Salad

Waldorf-Inspired Quinoa Salad | The Baking Beauties
This salad isn’t a Waldorf salad in the traditional sense, but it takes a lot of the same great flavours of a Waldorf salad, and combines it with the power-house seed, quinoa.

I made this Waldorf Inspired Quinoa Salad for supper one day while we were having BBQ beef ring and potato salad, it was like summer. So great to get some of those lighter, make-ahead-salad meals in, now that the weather is finally warming up. This salad was fantastic the up until the 3rd day, and then it was gone. But, the apples did not brown, the yogurt dressing did not get runny, it was as good on day 3 as it was on the first day. I think it would be perfect for the summertime picnics that are are going to be happening in the upcoming months.

I also love that this recipe takes quinoa to the sweeter side, as opposed to the savoury. It gave me a lot of great ideas for either breakfasts or desserts, that I can not wait to try.


Waldorf Inspired Quinoa Salad
This salad isn't a Waldorf salad in the traditional sense, but it takes a lot of the same great flavours of a Waldorf salad, and combines it with the power-house seed, quinoa.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed and drained
  • 1 large red apple, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  1. Place water, apple juice, cinnamon and quinoa in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Cool, cover and refrigerate quinoa for at least one hour.
  2. Add diced apple, celery, cranberries and walnuts to cooled quinoa. Mix well. Fold in the yogurt. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Other sweet quinoa recipes you might want to try:

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  1. Gina says

    I love quinoa, and rarely make it into salads. I think that's just because I've been lacking in salad ideas. Now I have no excuse! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Kat @ Cupcake Kat says

    This sounds like a really tasty recipe. Thank you ofr sharing I am always wondering what to do with my quinoa

    • Jeanine says

      Thanks, Melaina! You have to love it when it’s healthy enough to be breakfast, but tasty enough to be dessert. :)

  3. Kelly says

    YUm! I threw this together last night and it was wonderful. :) I used greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt just to give it a little kick.

    • Jeanine says

      Glad you enjoyed it, Kelly! Quinoa is so versatile! Sweet or savoury. :) And this is good enough to eat for breakfast too! Mmm…

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