Meatless Monday: Grape Cashew & Quinoa Salad

Inspired by a Grape Relish recipe we tested out during a Sticky Fingers class with the kiddos today, I decided our Meatless Monday dinner must revolve around grapes & celery. I also decided to finally use some of that quinoa we bought in bulk about a month ago.

We went grocery shopping before the cooking experiment began, so a few lucky winners from the aisles of Sprouts made their way into the mix!

Grape Cashew & Quinoa Salad

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Makes 2-3 servings

3/4 cup Quinoa, uncooked
1 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup purple onion, chopped
2 cups Seedless Grapes, halved
1/4 roasted cashews, chopped
1/4 cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt
Honey to taste (small drizzle)
2 tbsp Fresh Tarragon
1 tsp Dried Rosemary

Cook quinoa using water:grain ratio (1 cup water for 1 cup quinoa). Allow water to boil before adding in the grain, simmer for ~10 minutes on low heat. Stir and let sit for ~5 minutes before serving.

Add the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and stir until coated. Top cooked quinoa with grape mixture.

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Protein: Quinoa, Cashews, Greek Yogurt
Carbs: Quinoa, Grapes
Fat: Cashews

Cashews – Fun Nutrition Facts: This nut can contain up to 5 grams of protein per ounce! While it is high in fat (like many nuts), those are mostly Monounsaturated – the type of fat also found in Olive Oil, that has been shown to help cardiovascular (heart) health. They are also a source of minerals like Iron, Magnesium and Copper!


Did you go Meatless tonight? What was on your menu?



Filed under dinners, Meatless Monday, new things!, Nutrition, recipes

13 responses to “Meatless Monday: Grape Cashew & Quinoa Salad

  1. looks so good. I love nuts and grapes combo. Will bookmark it 🙂 I want to make quinoa for some of my friends who never had it and this might just be the perfect recipe…

  2. I love this salad idea! Never would think to make quinoa and grapes but now that I see it, I love it. 😉

  3. Lacey

    i did go meatless, actually 🙂 brown rice + garbanzo beans (brown brown browwwwn hahah). + brussel sprouts + brocc (oh good some green). with EVOO all over + garlic. mmm. it was a good rice bowl. i looooooooooove chickpeas frrrrrrrrreal:)

  4. We just started meatless mondays! We had rice noodles with peanut sauce and lots of veggies.

  5. Love cashews, love quinoa, love grapes… sign me up! Looks great!

  6. Elizabeth

    I kind of love that you call them “winners from the aisles of Sprouts.” That must make them feel good about themselves.

    I’ve yet to really try meatless Monday, but I do like the sound of this combo. Maybe once I get my quinoa…

  7. Ahhhh man! What happened, did Rachael Ray get a hold of you?! My poor defenseless cashews, mixed in your crazy grapeness.

    Where do you come up with this stuff? 🙂

  8. My meatless monday was fabulous…I just threw in a bunch of veggies (and tofu) in a pan to stir fry…red peppers, zuchinni, onion, fresh ginger and some spinach. Then added a splash of peanut oil, white wine vinegar, soy sauce and a blob of peanut butter. It was fabulous! I also baked up some sweet potato and put a few on top. I highly recommend this dish!

  9. Great salad idea! I love getting the meatiness of cashews without the, well, meatiness…

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