VEGGIES: Cranberry Arugula Quinoa Salad Recipe with Honey Mustard Dressing

Are you looking for an easy, healthy fall quinoa salad recipe to make for dinner tonight? I have one for you, and it is delicious!

I ALWAYS have quinoa in my pantry because it is so versatile. Lately, I have been loving it as part of a salad. It adds a heartiness and warmth that is really great. I was making pretzel crusted chicken for dinner and wanted a nice quinoa salad recipe to complement it. I had just picked up a bag of dried cranberries, arugula, and pine nuts at Trader Joe’s, and was dying to use them. I had a feeling that this combination of ingredients would work well together. I went with a honey mustard dressing because I knew it would have a nice tang that would work well with the sweetness of the dried cranberries and the crunch of the pine nuts.

I loved this quinoa salad recipe so much that I may start making it for my daily lunches!

VEGGIES: Cranberry Arugula Quinoa Salad  Recipe with Honey Mustard Dressing by New Jersey foodie blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

Ingredients For Your Quinoa Salad Recipe:


Dijon Mustard, 1/4 cup

Honey, 3 tablespoons

Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4 cup

Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”) or Vegetable Oil, 1/4 cup

**You can use a prepared Honey Mustard instead of Dijon and Honey!


Quinoa, 1 cup (cooked according to the package directions with vegetable broth)

Dried Cranberries, 1 cup

Pine Nuts, 1/4 cup

Arugula, 2 cups


  1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Assemble the salad on each individual plate. Arugula first, then a scoop of quinoa, then dried cranberries and pine nuts. Drizzle the dressing on top.
  3. Serve and enjoy this delicious quinoa salad recipe!


  1. October 25, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    This looks so yummy! I will definitely be trying this!

  2. October 25, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    This just made my mouth start watering as I read it. I’m such a sucker for a good salad – and thankfully, my fiancé is as well. I’ll have to try this sometime when we’re eating at home together!

  3. October 25, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Yum! This looks SO good and I love honey mustard dressing!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  4. Lauren
    October 25, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! I have to show my sister so we can make it together. Delicious!


  5. October 25, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    This sounds so yummy! I love cranberries in my salad too!
    xoxo, Jenna

  6. October 25, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    That sounds delicious! As does the pretzel crusted chicken. Yum. Can you come cook for me?!

  7. October 26, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I just had a similar quinoa salad at a restaurant last night and it was incredible! I just pinned this so I could make it over the weekend. Thank you!!

  8. October 26, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Yum-my! I love quinoa and this combination of flavors sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing…will have to try this one!

  9. Ashley Houston
    October 26, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    This looks heavenly! I definitely need to try this

  10. Kristina
    October 27, 2017 / 11:28 am

    This looks like the perfect fall salad, yum!

    xo, Kristina

  11. Anna English
    October 27, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    This looks AND sounds delish!

  12. Alice
    October 30, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    MMmm this looks so delicious & hearty for fall!