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Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad

This Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad is super easy to put together and it’s great served warm or cold. Add some mint to take it up a notch. I promise the flavors work super well together even if it seems a bit odd. Not a fan of mint? Skip it… it will still be delicious.

To make this quinoa salad simply cook your quinoa and then add in the rest of the ingredients. Also, I prefer to cook my quinoa with vegetable or chicken broth. It helps to add some flavor to the quinoa over just using water.

For the mandarins, I used the mandarin oranges in the jar. Be sure to buy the ones stored in water or juice to avoid any unnecessary added sugar. For the almonds, I bought unsalted sliced almonds, if you prefer salted or that’s what you have on hand just skip adding the sea salt!

Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad
Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad

Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Salad made of quinoa, almonds, mandarin oranges and topped with mint.


  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • salt to taste, I used a couple grinds of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint


  1. Combine quinoa and broth in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until all broth is absorbed about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Remove quinoa from heat and add all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine well.
  3. Serve immediately or chill before serving. Enjoy!
Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad

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3 thoughts on “Almond and Mandarin Quinoa Salad

  1. I am a HUGE fan of quinoa, we try to use it in place of many starches we used to it <3 The flavour combination sounds interesting, I am a fan of all the things on their own so together I am sure we will love it!

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