Quinoa Cucumber Salad with Cranberry Salsa

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by Yoli Ouiya on May 21, 2013

This lovely combination came as a result of wanted to make a quick side dish that was cooling (as that day was really hot!). Cucumbers straight out of the fridge are THE BEST thing ever and adding it to this tasty concoction lifted my spirits.

Cranberry Salsa

5-6 tomatoes (Roma or cluster)
3 garlic cloves
1/2 white onion, medium
2 teaspoons unsweetened, concentrated cranberry juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
sea salt to taste
3 tsp dried cranberries (optional)

Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until ingredients are chopped and combined.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a food processor, you can dice all the ingredients and mix together.

Place in mason jar and refrigerate.

Quinoa Cucumber Salad

2 cups cooked quinoa
2 cucumbers (diced)
1 hass avocado (diced)
1/2 cup cranberry salsa
2 tb olive oil
sea salt to taste

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.


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Yoli Ouiya is a Green & Healthy Living Expert, Green Chef, Publisher and Editor in Chief of YolisGreenLiving.com. She is noted as the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and currently operates a boutique eco-lifestyle outfit Yoli’s Green Living Group. Black Enterprise included Yoli in its “Top 20 National Bloggers” of 2012, was named ‘Best in Green Living” by AllParenting.com, and listed as “Top 17 Black Woman Bloggers to Watch in 2013″ bu ForHarriet.com. With a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell, she offers workshops, lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. She is currently on the board of directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a health and nutrition specialist for Harlem Children’s Zone, and co-authoring a book slated for completion Spring 2014.

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Bella Vida Letty May 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

This looks so good. I’ve been meaning to try quinoa. I pinned this recipe for later.


Yoli Ouiya May 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

I think this recipe is a good intro to quinoa. If ever you need to make it solo, I usually cook quinoa and when it is done, I fluff it and add olive oil, sea salt, and organic garlic powder to give it additional flavor. Enjoy!


Mya June 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

This recipe looks delicious! I had something very similar to this (no cranberry salsa) on Memorial Day & it was sooo yummy; will have to try this at home very soon :)
PS: thanks for fixing this; it’s working great now!


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