Almond Cranberry Quinoa

Prep time

10 mins

Cook time

15 mins

Total time

25 mins


Author: Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup sliced blanched almonds
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  1. Soak the quinoa 15 minutes in cold water
  2. Stir the quinoa with your hand, pour off most of the water and drain through a fine mesh strainer
  3. Shake dry in the strainer, then set the strainer over a bowl or pitcher
  4. Heat a wide bottomed pan on medium heat.
  5. Stir and toast the sliced almonds until golden, then remove from pan
  6. Add the quinoa. Stir and toast until dry and turning color
  7. Add boiling water, veggie cube, salt, bay leaf, dried cranberries and cinnamon stick
  8. Bring back to boil, cover, turn the heat to simmer, cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed
  9. Remove from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on
  10. Fluff gently with a fork and serve.

By Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN

Nutrition Facts: per 1 cup of salad:

Approx. 302 calories, 36 gm protein, 44 gm carb, 10 gm fat, 4 gm fiber, and 242 mg sodium.

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