Quinoa Salad with Artichokes, Dried Cherries, Pistachios, Avocado and Arugula

Once you know how to make quinoa properly, it's a good idea to have some on hand all the time to make a delicious quinoa salad like this one. Being full of protein, quinoa is a great way to have a main meal salad that will keep you satisfied and full for longer. 

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Quinoa Salad with Artichokes, Dried Cherries, Pistachios, Avocado and Arugula

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 25 m
  • Total Time: 35 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 cup quinoa red, white or multi-colored
  • cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 ounce marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup pistachios, toasted
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Make the quinoa: Rinse the quinoa in cold water in a saucepan, swirling it with your hand until any dry husks rise to the surface. Drain the quinoa as well as you can and then put the saucepan on the stovetop. Turn the heat to medium-high and dry the quinoa on the stovetop, shaking the pan regularly until you see the quinoa moving easily and can hear the seeds moving individually in the pan. Add the water, salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to low or medium-low. You should just see a few bubbles, not a boil. Cover with a lid, leaving it askew (or if you have pour spouts, just put the lid on the pot). Simmer for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and fluff the quinoa with a fork. If there’s any liquid left in the bottom of the pot, place it back on the burner for another 3 minutes or so. Spread the cooked quinoa out on a sheet pan to cool.
  2. Combine the cooled quinoa in a large salad bowl with all the remaining ingredients and dress the salad with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
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Comments (7)Post a Reply

    1. Hi Christine. I don’t have a particular brand of quinoa that I buy. Sometimes I buy it in bulk from my local natural foods store. And yes, Loulou is a Golden Retriever. 😊 ML

  1. 5 stars
    Easy to make and delicious. It was the perfect salad on our beach vacation. I predict this salad will become a staple at home as well.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this for Yom Kippur Break the Fast and it was so delicious! I needed something easy and quick that I already had all the ingredients for and this fit the bill.

    Just had to sub craisins for cherries since that’s what I had in the house…

    1. SO glad you liked it and it fit the bill with what you had in the house. I love substitutions, so good for you for that too!

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