Hearty Healthy Salad

by | Nov 23, 2022 | Soups and Salads, Dressings and Sauces

Hearty Healthy Salad

Erica Harper MS., RDN
A non-traditional addition to your table which is sure to become a Holiday staple!
This recipe is full of protein, color and flavor and is made with whole foods. Everyone will enjoy this recipe, including those who avoid gluten, dairy, or are vegetarians. 
Course Appetizer, Salad


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Food Processor



  • 1 cup Quiona
  • 5 oz Argula
  • 1 cup Carrots (shredded)
  • 14 oz Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup  Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Mint
  • 1 tsp Olive oil or avocado oil


  • 4 TBSP Cashews
  • 1 cup Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2-3 Limes (Juiced)


Prepare Salad:

  • Cook quinoa as directed on package. *Let cool completely before mixing with other ingredients to prevent greens from wilting.*
  • While quinoa is cooking shred carrots, rinse and drain chickpeas.
  • In a bowl mix ½ tsp olive or avocado oil with ½cup cashews and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toast cashews in skillet on medium heat, stirring often to prevent burning, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Prepare Dressing;

  • Mix all ingredients in a food processor and set aside

Combine Salad & Dressing

  • In a large serving bowl mix together quinoa, arugula, carrots, chickpeas, dried cranberries, cashews, mint.
  • Pour dressing and mix before serving.


**If you do not need this recipe to be dairy free you can top with ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese**


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