Hearty Spring Quinoa Salad, packed with dried fruit, roasted cashews, and fresh spring peas – perfect for lunch or as a side dish for a picnic!  Plus, we’re celebrating a healthy spring with KitchenIQ, so be sure to scroll down and enter to win an awesome giveaway! 

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By now you should know that I’m obsessed with whole grains, specially in salads. A quick stroll through my archives and you’re witness to how much I love them. Not only for their flavor, but the are so hearty and filling, that I don’t need much after eating a bowl of any of these recipes:

Hearty Spring Quinoa Salad recipe

Packed with roasted crushed cashews, plump raisins, and fresh spring peas, this quinoa salad is the perfect salad to bring to a picnic outing or even serve as a side dish for dinner. I’ve added some very thinly sliced apples for texture, and the thin slices were aided by having an extremely sharp knife. 

Hearty Spring Quinoa Salad

One cannot say this enough, but a dull knife is the most unsafe knife in your kitchen. A dull knife will slip while you’re cutting and will make you put extra pressure on your knife to help you cut through your foods. That extra pressure is what ends up in a bloody mess. So friends, please do yourselves a favor and sharpen your knives.

And to aid int he knife sharpening, I’ve partnered up with KitchenIQ, creators of some great tools to sharpen up your kitchen skills, literally. Their Diamond Edge 2 Sharpener now lives on our kitchen counter – as chefs, a dull knife makes us so mad! Be sure to scroll down and enter this great giveaway!

Hearty Spring Quinoa Salad

This hearty salad comes together in under ten minutes if you've got cooked quinoa in the fridge!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes


for the salad:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup fresh spring peas
  • ¼ cup crushed cashews
  • ¼ cup plump raisins
  • thinly sliced apples to taste

for the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Toss all the salad ingredients together. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, and salt.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad and serve alongside thinly sliced apples for added crunch!
Servings: 2 servings


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Be sure to check out what my other blogger friends have made!

1.Kelli of Kelli’s Kitchen – Cornish Hens with Mango Avocado Chutney.

2. Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

3. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic – Farro with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios

4. Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen – Spring Risotto with Leeks, Spinach and Peas

5. Shanna of Pineapple and Coconut – Fresh Pineapple, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad

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