Pomegranate and Pistachio Quinoa Salad

This healthy and flavorful quinoa salad is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish. It is packed with nutrients and is very easy to make.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the quinoa and water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked through.
  3. Drain any excess water and transfer the quinoa to a large bowl.
  4. Add the pomegranate seeds, pistachios, red onion, parsley, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many ways you can change up this salad to suit your taste. Try adding different fruits or nuts, such as dried cranberries or almonds. You could also use a different type of oil, such as avocado oil or grapeseed oil. For a more savory salad, add crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese. And for a bit of heat, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper.

What other food it works well with

This salad goes well with just about anything. Try serving it with grilled chicken or fish, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making quinoa is to not rinse it before cooking. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that can make it taste bitter. Be sure to rinse it well under cold water before cooking.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Calories: 180

Fat: 10 g

Saturated fat: 1.5 g

Unsaturated fat: 8.5 g

Trans fat: 0 g

Carbohydrates: 16 g

Sugar: 3 g

Fiber: 2 g

Protein: 5 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 150 mg


This recipe is free of common allergens.

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