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Healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate and Almonds

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Chaya Leloneck – @chayaleloneck
A holiday's favorite: Mediterranean quinoa salad that can also be enjoyed as a side dish.
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to the instructions on the package
  • 1 cup baby greens
  • 1 small purple onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate grains
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced almonds for garnish


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Heat up a frying pan over low heat, and roast the sliced almonds in a pan until they turn golden brown.
  • Mix the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.
  • After the quinoa has cooled, combine it with the fruits and vegetables in a large bowl. Sprinkle the almonds on top and drizzle the vinaigrette right before serving to keep the salad fresh.


mediterranean quinoa salad recipe
Credit: Chaya Leloneck

How long does it take to cook the quinoa?

Cooking quinoa typically takes 15-20 minutes. The process involves rinsing the quinoa, combining it with water or broth in a saucepan, bringing it to a boil, then reducing the heat to a simmer and covering it. It’s done when the liquid is absorbed, and the quinoa is fluffy. Cooking time may vary slightly depending on the specific type and brand of quinoa used.

Is it okay to prepare this Mediterranean quinoa salad in advance?

Preparing this Mediterranean quinoa salad in advance is absolutely fine, and it can be quite convenient. You can chop and assemble most of the salad ingredients ahead of time, storing them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. However, it’s best to add the dressing and garnish (like sliced almonds) just before serving to maintain freshness and prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

How do I store leftovers?

The name “borekitas” is thought to come from the Turkish word “börek”, which means “pie”. Borekas are believed to have originated in Asia, and were brought to the Middle East by Sephardic Jews during the 15th century. They quickly became popular throughout the region, and today there are many different variations of borekas, each with its own unique flavor.

mediterranean quinoa salad recipe
Credit: Chaya Leloneck

Can I use regular onions instead of purple onions?

While purple onions have a milder flavor and add a colorful contrast, regular onions will still provide a pleasant oniony taste. You may want to finely chop regular onions to match the texture of purple onions, and the flavor difference should be subtle, allowing you to enjoy the salad with a slightly different twist.

mediterranean quinoa salad recipe
Credit: Chaya Leloneck

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