Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

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2 cups boiling water
8 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
1 cup quinoa (try 'red quinoa' if you can find it, but any variety will work perfectly)
½ cup dried tart cherries (opt for pitted)
½ cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 6


Quinoa (pronounced "KEEN-wa") is a protein-packed whole grain that is the perfect healthy substitute for rice or couscous.  When prepared with Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate, it becomes a delicious base for a nutritious side salad or light lunch.  You can substitute different dried fruits and nuts in this recipe for a slight variation. Suggestions are dried pomegranates or cranberries (like Crazins) and cashews or walnuts.

Combine boiling water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of teabags and discard teabags.

Place tea in a medium saucepan with quinoa.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes). Stir occasionally.

Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and fluff with a fork.  Add cherries, almonds, and parsley and stir to combine.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss. 

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information:

Serving size:   1/6 of recipe (140 g)

Nutritional Information Per Serving Percent of Daily Value
Calories 201
 Protein  6 grams 12%
 Carbohydrate  30 grams 10%
 Total Fat  8 grams 12%
 Alcohol  0 grams
 Cholesterol  0 milligrams 0%
 Saturated Fat  0.8 grams 4%
 Monounsaturated Fat  4 grams
 Polyunsaturated Fat  2 grams
 Trans Fatty Acid  0 grams
 Total Dietary Fiber  4 grams 15%
 Total Sugar  8 grams
 Percentage of Calories 
 Protein  11%
 Carbohydrate  56%
 Total Fat  33%
 Alcohol  0%
 Vitamins & Mineral 
 Sodium  7 milligrams 0%
 Potassium  284 milligrams 8%
 Vitamin A   68 Retinol Equivalent 14%
 Vitamin C  8 milligrams 11%
 Calcium  47 milligrams 5%
 Iron  2 milligrams 12%
 Vitamin D (ug)  0 micrograms 0%
 Thiamin  0.1 micrograms 8%
 Riboflavin  0.2 milligrams 9%
 Niacin  0.8 milligrams 4%
 Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)  0.2 milligrams 8%
 Folic Acid  63 milligrams 16%
 Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)  0 micrograms 0%
Nutritional Recipe Features
Low in Sodium
Low in Cholesterol
Sugar Free
No Trans Fat
Good Source of Potassium
Dairy Free
Soy Free


Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

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