Quinoa and Pea Salad


This is a salad my husband and I fight over. He packs a lunch for work each day, filled with gluten-free, protein-packed food from our fridge. Community property rules of the fridge don’t apply to this salad – every man for himself!

Festive Quinoa and Pea Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Festive Quinoa and Pea Salad

High protein, gluten free, dairy free.


  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 TB chopped almonds or whole pine nuts
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • Salt / Pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 TB Pickled ginger ("sushi ginger")
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TB (heaping) Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Honey to taste


  1. Bring water and quinoa to boil in covered sauce pan, stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low and cook for 10-12 minutes, until water is completely absorbed into quinoa. Fluff with wooden spoon and remove from heat to cool.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, toast nuts in saute pan and cool.
  3. Heat peas in microwave or sauce pan with about a teaspoon of olive oil, then cool.
  4. Finely dice jalapenos. Take out some or all seeds according to your taste. No seeds mean no heat.
  5. Toss peas, quinoa, cranberries, almonds, jalapenos, and lightly salt and pepper.
  6. In a separate bowl mix lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard pickled ginger and honey. Taste and adjust as needed.
  7. Toss dressing into salad mixture, reserving any extra dressing for future use on salads or vegetables.
  8. Taste and make any adjustments to seasoning, salt/pepper, if needed.
  9. Enjoy!

Inspired by the Peas and Quinoa Salad from The Sweet Beet.

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