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I don’t know about you but I’m a huge fan of whipping up a quinoa salad for my clients. There’s just something about them that gets me every time.

I am not, however, a fan of quinoa soaked in oil and butter. Or with three cups of oil in it, like how they make it in some restaurants.

Last week I knew I wanted to develop a new recipe for a light quinoa salad but I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to end up looking like in the end. Originally I thought it might be savory but once I spotted some dried cranberries and lemon – it turned into a sweet lil’ dish. And I realized it was a much healthier quinoa dish than anything you’d get when eating out.

Hence, this quinoa salad was born.  It tastes like a creamy cranberry dessert in a bowl with a whole lotta protein. Yes, believe me. It does. A little less sweet than a dessert, making it the perfect vehicle for your lunchtime or evening munchies.

I guess I have a lil’ bit of a habit of creating salads… but what can I say?

They’re just so darn good.

And this one is by far another big ol’ winner in a bowl.

So, get your fork out and get your salad on, people.

O, and one more thing. This Caesar Dressing is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD.

Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan
Author: Amie
Recipe type: Entree




  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tsp. white miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with Caesar dressing to coat.
  4. Serve chilled.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 380mg11%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Hi! Just stumbled on your blog and I love it. God bless you for educating people on how to eat (truly) healthy. I am allergic to cashews and pine nuts could I use Raw peanut butter and how mush do I use??
    Thank you

  2. 5 stars
    Amie, I made this dressing tonight and it was fabulous…so unique for my dairy-free palate :-). I added it to a finely chopped baby kale salmon salad with cucumbers, roasted almonds, kalamata olives, red peppers, artichokes, shallots. It was delicious. The olives may have clashed a bit. Thank you for posting!

    1. SO happy to hear that Nicole; yea! Have a wonderful night and thank you so much. So glad you had a lovely dinner! I always LOVE hearing from my readers when they make my recipes; thank you for sharing!

  3. looks amazing! I know we would all love this in my house! The calories are a lot though! Is there a way to tone down the calories? Joan

  4. I’d like to try this – but I’m on a low carb vegetarian diet. I’ll have to figure out the nutritional data first.

    1. Thanks Cyndy; so nice to hear from you. All the nutritional information is at the bottom of each recipe. Let me know if you don’t see it and I can send it to you directly. Have a great night!