Spring Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese, Beets & Maple Glazed Walnuts


This salad is pretty enough to serve at at any function, whether it be an Easter brunch, a bridal shower or a backyard barbeque.  The nutty taste of the quinoa contrasts nicely against the sweetness of the beets and tartness of the green apple; and the burst of flavor from the maple glazed walnuts provides a nice finish.   Lovely to look at and lovely to eat, this salad will be sure to win you accolades.


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

  • 8 oz. cooked beets, sliced thin or grated (I used one large roasted beet)

  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, diced

  • 2 oz. feta or goat cheese, crumbled

  • ¼ c. dried cranberries

  • ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped

  • ¼ cup maple glazed walnuts*

*Maple Glazed Walnuts

  • 2 cups walnut halves

  • 1/3 c. maple syrup

  • 1/8 t. salt

  • 1/8 t. freshly ground black pepper


  • Toast nuts for 3 minutes in a dry skillet over medium high heat. 


  • Add maple syrup, salt and pepper. (The maple syrup will hiss and bubble up, this is normal!)


  • Cook, stirring frequently for 3 more minutes or until syrup is caramelized. 


  • Working quickly, pour out walnuts and let cool on a piece of parchment paper; break apart when cooled.  (Try not to eat these before you make the salad!)  Hmmm, maybe should have just make a batch for noshing on … 



  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar

  • 1 T Dijon Mustard

  • 1 T maple syrup

  • ½ t sea salt

  • ¼ t fresh ground pepper

  • ¼ c. olive oil


  • In a large bowl combine quinoa, beets, apple, goat cheese, cranberries and parsley.

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  • Make dressing by combining vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, sea salt and pepper in a blender.  Add olive oil in a steady stream and process until smooth.


  • Toss quinoa mixture with desired amount of dressing. Top with maple glazed walnuts and serve.


I hope you enjoy this refreshing, delicious and healthy salad!  

Until next week, wishing you and your family a Happy Easter, all of God’s blessings, good health and happy eating!

Smiles and blessings,


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