Apple Feta Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

This delicious quinoa salad is one of my favorites. The summery citrus flavors mix wonderfully with the classic autumn combo of dried cranberries, walnuts and cheese. Perfect for this time of year (or any). Oh, and it’s healthy.

This apple quinoa salad is ridiculously easy to make (even if your only kitchen skill is boiling mac and cheese, you can pull this off), and it stores in the refrigerator really well. I’ll usually make a big batch, eat it for dinner, and then eat the leftovers for lunch the next couple days.

Ok, fine. Last time I made it, I annihilated the entire bowl of leftovers late at night after having a…few…drinks on Legal Harborside’s roof deck. It happens.


Makes 3 servings.

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 or 2 apples, skinned and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 3 green onions, bulbs discarded, green parts chopped
  • Handful of walnuts, chopped
  • Handful of dried cranberries
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Juice from 1-2 lemons (depending on how strong you want the citrus flavor)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the quinoa. To do so, bring 2 cups water to a boil, add in 1 cup dry quinoa, reduce to a simmer for about 15 mins until water has been absorbed.
  2. When the quinoa is cooked, stir in the olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Skin and chop up an apple or two, depending on preference. Peel the orange, separate each wedge and remove the clear/white casing. Chop the wedges into chunks. Chop up the green onions. Coarsely chop a handful of walnuts.
  4. Mix all your “choppings” into the quinoa along with a handful of dried cranberries.
  5. Top with desired amount of feta cheese crumbles and serve.

Nutrition Facts

per serving

Calories: 490
–Calories from Fat: 194
Total Fat: 21g
–Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 19mg
Sodium: 246mg
Total Carbohydrate: 63g
–Dietary Fiber: 7g
–Sugars: 19g
Protein: 13g



  1. This was SO delicious! I added an avocado to mine too. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Made this last night! So incredible, neecole!

  3. Yum! i love quinoa salads, so easy to pack for lunches at work… this is inspiring me to try some new add-ins!

  4. This looks so good! I love making big batching of grains and eating it with different combinations all week long. And yes, it comes in handy for late-night snack attacks. 🙂

  5. This was delicious!

  6. Waw, a new recipice that I must to try. Greetings from Transilvania (north part of Romania)

  7. Mary Alice says:

    Would love to know the calorie count for this recipe.

    • I’ll add the nutrition info to the post. Check back in a couple days 🙂

      • Have you added the nutrition facts somewhere else? I’m counting calories and protein intake like crazy! Thanks!

        • I’m so sorry, I’ve been the worst blogger ever lately! Nutrition info (and everything else I’ve been neglecting) will be up by the end of the weekend! 🙂

  8. This looks amazing! My mouth is watering! Thanks Nicole for a great recipe! Perfect fuel for a busy workout week!

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