This salad is perfect for the cooler months, when pomegranate and avocados are at their best. Combined with hearty greens and pecan—it’s like a meal in one. Pair it with a veggie-rich soup for a simple easy meal. 

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Yields 4 servings

Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
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  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 cups chopped fresh greens (i.e., kale, chard, spinach)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 lime or lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (may use extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch sea salt (optional)


  1. Combine quinoa, pomegranate, pecans, avocado, greens, and basil in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, pomegranate molasses, garlic, black pepper, and sea salt.
  3. Pour dressing over salad, combine well and serve immediately.


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