Orange Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate and Tangy Turmeric Dressing

Created For: Smart & Final

Orange Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate and Tangy Turmeric Dressing


Servings: 8 Print



  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed juice, from 3 mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • 2 cups dry Sun Harvest Organic Whole Grain Red and White Quinoa*
  • 1, 15-ounce can Sun Harvest Organic Garbanzo Beans*, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 8 mandarin oranges, peeled and sliced
  • *Available at Smart & Final grocery & warehouse stores


  1. Make the dressing: Combine all ingredients for dressing in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside and discard the smashed garlic clove before serving.
  2. Cook the quinoa: Place the quinoa in a large saucepan with 5 cups water over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and drop down to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and cook until tender. There will be some water leftover. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Make the salad: To the mixing bowl, add the chickpeas, chopped green onions, parsley, cilantro, dates, and half of the pomegranate arils and pistachios. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat. Transfer to a large serving plate and top with the sliced oranges. Top with the remaining pomegranate arils and pistachios and enjoy immediately. 
  4. Note: Salad will keep well covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 450mg | Fiber: 9g