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pomegranate fennel quinoa salad in wood bowl with forks
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Fennel and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

A bright, flavorful fennel & pomegranate quinoa salad recipe that is so simple to throw together and is a perfect make ahead holiday side dish! Filled with crunchy fennel, radish and celery, with sweet pomegranates and fresh mint.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 288kcal


  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 1 fennel bulb (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • ¼ cup mint leaves (torn into small pieces)
  • 1 pomegranate (deseeded)
  • 1 bunch radishes (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped; toast for extra flavor)

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed; or swap maple syrup)
  • ½ teaspoon dijon
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  • While quinoa is cooking, prep your salad ingredients.
  • Shake together the dressing.
  • Toss everything together and serve.



You can pre-cook the quinoa, pre-chop the veggies and shake up the vinaigrette up to 4 days ahead of time. Store components in the fridge, and toss together just before serving. *do not pre-chop the mint*
Leftovers from this pomegranate quinoa salad make for a delicious lunch, and it keeps well even after dressing in the vinaigrette. Portion out into meal prep containers and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. *if you plan to eat this as leftovers, consider leaving the mint off as it will brown*
Ingredient swaps
  • quinoa- swap for rice, farro or barley
  • pomegranate- swap for dried cranberries or chopped apple
  • fennel- swap for cucumber (will not work for meal prep this way), or just increase the radish + celery
  • pecans- swap for almonds or chopped hazelnuts
  • apple cider vinaigrette- swap for balsamic vinaigrette or this honey lemon vinaigrette


Serving: 1/6 of batch | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 88mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g