I don’t usually post recipes over the weekend since I know you’re probably maxin’ and relaxin’ away from the computer. But, I wanted to share this delicious, healthy recipe in case you need a dish to make for your Labor Day BBQ!

I thought this up while shopping the other day trying to find inspiration for a potluck dish. I was aiming for something light and summer-y. This is a great summer BBQ pick because it’s not mayo based so you can leave it on the table for a while – but I’m pretty sure it will disappear before that!

Quinoa Summer Salad with Orange Dressing


  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable will work)
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • optional: 2 cups chopped chicken


  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tb. orange zest
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-2Tb. honey or sugar

Directions: Cook quinoa according to package directions in broth instead of water. Fluff when done.

While quinoa is cooking prepare dressing.

Mix: Orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic, orange zest, honey, salt & pepper. (I put 1 Tb. of chopped shallots in this batch, but it was too onion-y for some.)

Combine quinoa, beans, onions, almonds & cranberries. Toss with dressing. Season with S&P to taste.

Optional: Add chicken to make this a main dish.


Have a good, safe Labor Day weekend!

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