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Quinoa Salad with Orange, Cranberry & Mint

Healthy and delicious, this flavorful Quinoa Salad is made with orange, cranberry, chickpeas, mint, and parsley and is so easy to make!

top down view of quinoa salad with orange, cranberry and mint freshly tossed and ready to serve.

Quinoa salads are so versatile and are a favorite around here! Like this Cherry, Pistachio & Mint Quinoa Salad, Greek Quinoa Salad, Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad, or this tasty Grilled Peach, Corn & Zucchini Quinoa Salad. All are easy and delicious, and if you love quinoa, these salads are for you!

This easy, vegan Quinoa Salad recipe features juicy clementines, sweet cranberries, protein-rich chickpeas, fresh mint, and parsley tossed with fresh arugula and a simple apple cider vinaigrette. It’s a perfect summery quinoa salad, but it can also be made throughout the year when these little oranges are in season!

This new variation is another great addition to the recipe collection. It’s bursting with flavor and textures and is a classic combination of ingredients. And I think you’re going to love it as much as I do!

top down view of wooden cutting board with prepped salad ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

  • Quinoa: I’ve used tri-color quinoa here, but feel free to use your favorite. If needed the quinoa can be made ahead, and salad assembled when ready.
  • Oranges: Use whatever oranges are available to you, or use your favorites. They can be cut widthwise like I’ve done here, or simply peel them apart and use wedges.
  • Dried Fruit: In place of cranberries, try chopping up dried cherries or use fresh pomegranates.
  • Herbs: Use as much mint and parsley as you like. The mint is especially delicious, and together, they add fresh, bright flavors.
  • The Dressing: The quinoa dressing is super simple, using just apple cider vinegar, juice of 1 orange, oil, minced garlic and salt. You can easily make this oil-free, by omitting the oil. For a creamy dressing, try this Orange-Ginger Cashew Dressing – it’s delicious!
top down view of large bamboo mixing bowl filled with salad ingredients and ready to have dressing poured overtop and tossed.

How To Make Quinoa Salad

  • Make the quinoa, it takes 15 minutes of cooking and 10 minutes to rest.
  • While quinoa is cooking, prep the oranges, mint, and parsley.
  • Mix the dressing together.
  • Once everything is ready, combine it all together.

Now all you have to do is enjoy! Serve at room temperature or chilled.

How To Store Leftovers

This salad can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days.

close up, top down view of quinoa salad with orange, cranberry and mint freshly tossed and ready to serve.

This quinoa salad with orange, cranberry, and mint is:

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Full of protein and fiber
  • Healthy & colorful
  • Only 10 ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • & So delicious

This flavorful salad makes a great side dish for lunch, dinner, or snack. It’s perfect for potlucks, parties, and picnics. And because it can be made ahead, it’s great for weekly meal prep!

top down view of a serving of quinoa salad in a white bowl.

If you try this easy quinoa recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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Full of classic flavors, this easy quinoa salad makes for a great side dish, lunch, or dinner. Perfect for parties and picnics too! Feel free to add as much clementines and cranberries as you like.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
  • Category: Entree, Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free


Units Scale
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (15oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 78 clementine, tangerine, mandarine or other small oranges
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dried organic cranberries
  • 34 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 34 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • handful arugula
  • handful slivered almonds (optional)


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 small orange
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • mineral salt and pepper, to taste


Quinoa: Rinse the quinoa under cool running water using a seive (I typically skip this step). Add the quinoa and water to a medium size pot, and bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let rest for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Oranges: Peel the oranges and thinly slice them widthwise 1/4 inch thick. Alternately, just peel the oranges into their natural wedges.

Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the cider vinegar, orange juice, olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper.

Assemble: Using the pot the quinoa was cooked in, or a large mixing bowl, add the quinoa, chickpeas, oranges, cranberries, onion, arugula, mint and parsley, pour the dressing overtop and mix to combine. Season with more salt & pepper to taste.

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Serves 4 – 6

Store: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. Salad can also be made ahead and travels well!


For variation, substitute the cranberries with chopped dried cherries or fresh pomegranate seeds.

Omit the oil to make this quinoa salad oil-free.

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  1. This recipe was good, not great. I think the quinoa wasn’t substantial enough for the other ingredients. I think I’ll make this again, but I will try using wild rice or farro instead. The flavors were nice, especially with the mint.

  2. Delicious. The only change I made was cook the quinoa in vegetable broth. I cut the oranges in circles and then cut the circle in half. I also added the dressing and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight. I stir this up, served it, and it was a big hit. I will make it for a side dish for a potluck vegetable no meat meal.
    Thank you.

  3. Love, love, love this salad! One thing – I like apple cider vinegar but it was a little too acidic for me in this dressing. Any suggestions as to how I can modify the dressing so it is a bit less acidic? Thanks and will be making this all summer long as I love how you can change it up with different beans and fruit.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Glad you are enjoying this recipe, Marni! To cut some of the acid you can use less apple cider vinegar and replace it with orange juice. You can even omit it, using orange juice in its place. I hope that helps!

  4. Cheryl S. says:

    I have made this several times now and it is always a hit. I have substituted other beans when I didn’t have garbanzos on hand and omitted the onion and it was still amazing. Make extra because it is even better the next day.

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