Red Quinoa Pomegranate Salad

February 7, 2013

All anyone can talk about in these parts is the big storm headed our way tomorrow. It could bring up to 24″ of snow and everyone is acting like it’s the first time New England has ever seen snow. I’ve never actually experienced a blizzard myself so I don’t totally understand what the fuss is about but I’m sort of excited to see. Famous last words I’m sure. In the meantime, I’m making this red quinoa pomegranate salad, just in case we’re covered in white all weekend.

This recipe wasn’t intended as a Valentine’s Day recipe, I’m not really one to celebrate the holiday anyway, but as luck would have it I made this dish in February and I think it would make a great addition to a love themed dinner. It has quinoa in it after all. What’s not to love?

This was an impulse purchase. I don’t usually buy red quinoa, mostly because white quinoa is always cheaper, but I was standing in a ridiculously long Trader Joe’s line last Sunday that wrapped around the aisles and grabbed it on a whim.

When I got home I noticed an unused pomegranate and thought the two together might make a good combo. Turns out they not only look pretty together but taste wonderful.

red quinoa pomegranate salad

Red Quinoa Pomegranate Salad (vegan, gluten-free)

For the salad:

1 cup red quinoa

2 cups water

pinch of salt

3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tbsp lemon zest

For the dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp white wine vinegar

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1.5 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp chopped garlic

1/8 cayenne pepper

Juice of 1 lemon


Rinse quinoa then place in a pot with water and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat for 20 minutes or until water has evaporated. Stir to fluff.

Place cooked quinoa in a big bowl with black beans and pomegranate seeds.

Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Toss dressing with quinoa, beans and seeds.

Top with lemon zest.

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I ended up eating this salad for breakfast after shooting the photos. 🙂 Yum!

As a total aside, I went to my first power class in many months at Baptiste Yoga yesterday. It was so hot in the room I felt months of cold melt from my body. It reminded me how much I love hot yoga and that as a naturally cold-blooded person it’s important that I feel hot from time to time. I can’t believe I waited so long to go. I have an unlimited month’s worth of classes. If you can’t find me in all the snow I’ll be sweating it out in the studio.

Lastly, teaching 12:15pm at Sangha, 4:30pm at All One and 7pm back at Sangha today. If you’re in Boston come do some yoga!

Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Szivi February 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love the Anyu napkin placed under the bowl. Granted I only looked at the pictures in most posts, but you are getting quite artsy. XOXO Sista

  • Reply Tamara February 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Ill have to give this a try – would never have thought to combine black beans and pomegranite.

    • Reply Lisa Horvath February 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

      It’s a nice combo. I also use pomegranate seeds in my guac sometimes, it’s delicious!

  • Reply lifefullofjules February 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Quinoa kind of scares me (haha), although this – this is something I am going to have to try. I adore pomegranates and that will make everything worth it!

    • Reply Lisa Horvath February 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Quinoa is so easy, easier than rice, don’t be scared! Removing the pomegranate seeds is harder than making quinoa 🙂

      • Reply lifefullofjules February 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

        Oh my gosh, that is the worst part of pomegranate.. I even have one of those special pomegranate seeders – yeah, that is even more of a hassle to use.. My grocery store sells them pre-seeded for a higher price – may be worth it!

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