Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries, Caramelized Onions & Sage

A perfect Spring side dish

Savory with a touch of tartness

I adapted this salad from my favorite autumn Quinoa Salad. I substituted dried cherries for cranberries and used sliced almonds instead of slivered almonds…. it’s just a little more tart, and a little lighter.

Made with caramelized onions, dried cherries, almonds and sage, this dish is a must!  The caramelized onions contrast perfectly with the tart cherries and the almonds provide just a little crunch.

Delicious warm or cold, it’s a perfect Spring side dish.

Scroll down to see the recipe.

Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries, Caramelized Onions & Sage


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Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries, Caramelized Onions & Sage
This recipe is adapted from one of our favorite Fall Quinoa Salads, substituting dried cherries for dried cranberries. The carmelized onions contrast perfectly with the tart cherries.
Recipe type: Salads, Sides, Spring
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 cups onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (I sometimes add in a bit more for a tarter taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Rinse quinoa
  2. Combine with cherries and 2 cups of water in a saucepan
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Immediately reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  6. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and golden brown, approx 12-15 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and stir in sage
  8. Mix together remaining 1 tbsp oil, almonds and lemon juice
  9. Add dressing to quinoa
  10. Season with salt and pepper
  11. Toss with onions and sage

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