Quinoa Salad with Radicchio, Carrots & Dried Apricots

Bitter radicchio is a strong foil for sweet-tart apricots and maple vinaigrette in this go-with-anything quinoa salad.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups quinoa

  • cup pepitas

  • cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 6 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ medium head radicchio, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup coarsely grated carrots

  • ½ cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped


  1. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and spread the quinoa on a rimmed baking sheet to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, toast pepitas in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add sunflower seeds and cook, stirring frequently, until deep golden, about 4 minutes more. Transfer to a plate to cool.

  3. Whisk vinegar, oil, maple syrup (or honey), salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooled quinoa, radicchio, carrots and apricots; stir to combine.

  4. Just before serving, top the salad with the pepitas and sunflower seeds.


To make ahead: Refrigerate salad (Steps 1 & 3) for up to 1 day. Store toasted seeds airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
14g Fat
35g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Vitamin A 1510IU 30%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Sodium 316mg 14%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 40mg 10%
Potassium 230mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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