Powerful Quinoa Salad with Orange-Cumin Dressing

By : | 9 Comments | On : June 10, 2013 | Category : Dressings & Sauces, Quick Meals, Salads, Side-dish

Nutritional Quinoa Salad

This cancer-fighting salad brings with it one powerful, nutritional punch! I have analyzed each ingredient and the nutritional benefits they bring to your body. This is one heart healthy, cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory salad that tastes so delicious, not only will your body thank you but your taste buds will as well. I believe God placed on this earth all the healthy nutritional food we would ever need to survive. We just happen to mess it up along the way by adding preservatives, changing the DNA of plants, and spraying chemicals to prevent the plant from disease. We just never quite realized what diseases it would cause to our own bodies. Now with cancer on the rise, we need more than ever, nutritionally sound recipes. What I love about this salad is the power behind each ingredient.

Quinoa Seed

This is what quinoa looks like before it is cooked.


Quinoa fully cooked

This is what quinoa looks like after it is cooked.

Quinoa is known as the amazing “superfood”. It is one of the only known foods in the world that contain all the essential amino acids. Twice as rich in fiber than other grains, it is also high in iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin (B2), and manganese. It helps your body grow and repair tissue, and works as an antioxidant, which helps rid the body of dangerous cancer cells. Quinoa is gluten-free and can be substituted for rice or recipes calling for Tabouli.


Dressing for quinoa salad

Orange-Cumin Dressing added to the cooked quinoa.

The dressing is made of orange juice, cumin, turmeric, paprika, olive oil, rice vinegar, and wild honey.

Here is the nutritional breakdown of the dressing ingredients:

Orange Juice- boosts the immune system and helps fight cancer.

Olive Oil- boosts the immune system, protects against viruses, helps fight cancer, and helps lower blood cholesterol.

Rice Vinegar- high in amino acids, which helps fight free radicals, also helps absorb nutrients.

Honey- the flavonoids & antioxidants present help fight against cancer and heart disease.

Cumin- helps stabilize insulin levels and aids in digestion.

Turmeric- anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, slows cancer cell growth, enhances liver function, reduces cholesterol.

Paprika- contains vitamin C and capsaicin, which helps with arthritis & joint pain.

avocado and green onions

Chopped avocado and green scallions add a nutritional punch.


The next powerhouse ingredient to this delicious salad is chopped avocado. The avocado has often been called the world’s most perfect food.

There are studies that show it helps aid in the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, among others.

The scallions (also known as green onions) contain quercetin and allicin, both which work to maintain a happy, healthy heart.


Pistachio Nuts

Roasted pistachio nuts are a great immune booster among other health benefits.

Pistachio nuts are great for heart health, diabetes health, and they are rich in vitamin B6, which helps carry

oxygen through your blood and boost your immune system. They also contain lutein, which helps in eye health

and vitamin E for good skin.

Dried Apricots

Rehydrated apricots provide rich fiber.

Apricots are not only rich in fiber, but also contain potassium and antioxidant carotenoids which help in fighting cancer.

The makings of a Quinoa Salad

Add all the ingredients to the quinoa and gently fold in.


Cancer-fighting Quinoa Salad

Dish up the finished quinoa salad and garnish with green onions.


Pretty Quinoa Salad

Serve up in a pretty little dish and enjoy the powerful benefits of this delicious salad!


Powerful Quinoa Salad with Orange-Cumin Dressing


1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups water (salted)

1 cup soft dried apricots (rehydrate in warm water if needed)

1 ripe avocado

2 scallions (green onions)

1/2 cup pistachio nuts


Juice from 1 orange

3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp paprika

1 Tbsp wild honey

Salt & Pepper


Bring salted water to a boil and add quinoa to the water. Return to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low and put a lid on the quinoa. Simmer until water is fully absorbed (approximately 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in dressing and cool completely. Once quinoa is cooled add the remaining ingredients. Fold gently to incorporate. Use as a stand alone dish or a side dish. This makes a great dish to take on a picnic or to a potluck because it does not contain dairy, gluten, or meat. Enjoy the nutritional benefits this salad brings!

I have shared this recipe on the following blogs: ThisGalCooks, RealFoodForager, NourishingJoy, SimplySugarandGlutenFree, AnyonitaNibbles, WellFedHomestead, DeliciousObsessions, GlutenfreeHomemaker, AnnKroeker, VegetarianMamma, Chef-in-Training, LadyBehindtheCurtain, NourishingSimplicity, TheGunnySack, Modvintagelife, SerendipityAndSpice, ThisGalCooks, TheChickenChick, AlderberryHill, HuckleBerryLove, SayNotSweetAnne, SumosSweetStuff, KeepingItSimpleCrafts, FlourMeWithLove, SkipToMyLou

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Comments (9)

  1. posted by Anyonita on June 25, 2013

    I LOVE quinoa although I don’t cook with it enough! This salad looks yummy and beautiful in those neat little bowls! I followed you here from the Marvelous Mondays link party, by the way. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/tasty-tuesdays-16-dozen-delicious-desserts.html

    • posted by Laurie Barrie on June 25, 2013

      Thanks Anyonita, I have linked up!

      • posted by Anyonita on July 2, 2013

        I’m so glad you linked up! Thank you! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

        • posted by Laurie Barrie on July 3, 2013

          You’re welcome, Anyonita. And I will check out some of the other links!

  2. posted by nancy on June 26, 2013

    How much rice vinegar do you add for the dressing. This was missing from the recipe. thanks

    • posted by Laurie Barrie on June 26, 2013

      That’s what happens when I’m creating a recipe and forget to write a step down! Three tablespoons of rice vinegar needs to be added to the dressing. Thanks for the heads-up!

  3. posted by Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) on July 2, 2013

    I bet the orange in there brings such a sweet taste! YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope you enjoyed the last two week’s of giveaways!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  4. posted by Laurie Barrie on July 3, 2013

    This is a refreshing salad. You’ll have to try it sometime!


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