Cranberry and Kefir Quinoa Salad

Lesley Baradel
Cranberry and Kefir Quinoa Salad - this recipe will introduce you to the great grain of Quinoa, or show you a new way to use it if you're an old pro!
Cranberry and Kefir Quinoa Salad - this recipe will introduce you to the great grain of Quinoa, or show you a new way to use it if you're an old pro!

Cranberry and Kefir Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad with toasted pistachios and cranberries really comes to life with a kefir-based dressing.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salads, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 302 kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pistachios shelled
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup reduced-fat feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil minced (or 1 Tbsp dried basil)
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar


  • Rinse the quinoa in running water to remove any residue. In a pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Put the quinoa in a bowl and allow to cool.
  • Preheat the oven or your toaster to 400°F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Put the pistachios on the pan and toast until light brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Roughly chop.
  • Once the quinoa has cooled, stir in the pistachios, cranberries, feta cheese and minced basil.
  • To make the dressing, put the honey in a small microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds. Whisk in the kefir until well combined then whisk in the balsamic vinegar.
  • Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and toss well.


Mix It Up: Want to make this your main dish? Try adding chicken, tofu or steak!
Make Ahead: Cook the quinoa a day or two in advance and keep in the refrigerator until ready to make the salad. Toast the pistachios in advance.
Simplify It: Skip toasting the pistachios for faster preparation.
Nutrition Nugget: Quinoa is a nutritious, gluten-free whole grain substitute for rice. It is truly a powerhouse food providing us with almost 13 grams of protein in just one serving of this salad. Other protein sources in this dish are the pistachios and the cheese.


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 13gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 378mgFiber: 5gSugar: 18g
Keyword quinoa
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Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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