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Quinoa Kaniwa Salad with Pomegranate and Kale | © 2016 |

Both quinoa and kaniwa are mineral-rich, protein-packed and naturally gluten-free. They are technically seeds, or so-called pseudograins, but they share many of the nutritional properties of whole grains. These two protein powerhouses are rooted in South America, and both cooked and eaten like a grain and can be subbed into recipes that call for rice and couscous. The main difference when cooking quinoa and kaniwa is that kaniwa does not need to be rinsed before cooking because kaniwa is free from saponins, the soapy-flavoured chemicals in quinoa.

  • 100 g Quinoa, well rinsed and drained
  • 50 g Kaniwa
  • Handful of kale, chopped
  • 200 g Pomegranate seeds
  • A handful of almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Small white radish, peeled and thinly sliced, optional
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Place rinsed and drained quinoa, kaniwa and 300 ml water in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed and quinoa and kaniwa are al dente.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, shallots, maple syrup and mustard. Slowly whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, kaniwa, pomegranate seeds and vinaigrette. Top with the chopped almonds and serve on a bed of thinly sliced white radish immediately. | © 2016 | | © 2016 |


Anca 23/11/16 12:40

It's the first time I hear about Kaniwa. I love your salad, it looks so colourful and delicious. xx

Tricia Buice 23/11/16 13:35

Thanks for the great information about Kaniwa - I always learn something fascinating when I visit. This salad is lovely and no doubt delicious. Have a lovely week Angie!

Kelly 23/11/16 13:36

This salad is so pretty and festive, Angie! I've never heard of Kaniwa but I love that you don't need to rinse it like Quinoa :) I'd love a big plate of this for lunch today!

Monica 23/11/16 14:40

I hadn't heard of Kaniwa so it was great learning about it here, thank you. This is such a pretty grain salad. I would love a big big bowl of this for my dinner.

Pam 23/11/16 15:23

Great informative post, Angie! Your salad looks very appetizing, great photos! Take care

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 23/11/16 16:43

Such a delicious, healthy and pretty festive looking salad, Angie! Kaniwa is so new to me, but I will have to look for it. Would love to try this. :)

Tisa Jacob 23/11/16 16:45

Kaniwa. That's new for me. This salad looks great Angie. And as usual, pictures are marvelous!

Kitchen Riffs 23/11/16 17:52

Kaniwa is new to me -- thanks for the intro! And thanks for this terrific looking dish -- sounds delightful.

Yi @ YiReservation 23/11/16 20:22

that sounds delicious. I love quinoa and use it a lot in my salad so I'll have to check out kaniwa soon. Thanks for sharing.

Pam 23/11/16 21:26

Yum! Great combination of flavors and textures. It looks pretty too.

Jeff 23/11/16 23:28

I've never had kad kaniwa. I love the ingredient lineup on this one!

Rafeeda AR 24/11/16 06:35

Very colorful and highly nutritious salad...

Rosa 24/11/16 08:15

A delicious salad! Just what the doctor ordered...



Nava K 24/11/16 11:48

Prettiness and healthiness, I am truly desiring some of this salad.

Ivy 24/11/16 12:56

Wow, that's an amazing and healthy salad. I never heard of kaniwa before. It's going to take some years to be discovered and imported to Greece, same as quinoa did many years ago :)

Evelyne CulturEatz 24/11/16 13:41

What a gorgeous and festive salad. I never heard of kaniwa, a new one to try on the list :-)

Tania | My Kitchen Stories 24/11/16 21:11

Oh my Lordy Angie so pretty, so delicious!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 25/11/16 00:48

I love having a stash of cooked quinoa in my fridge so I can whip up delicious salads like yours! And now I need to check out kaniwa!

Balvinder 25/11/16 03:39

This looks AWESOME! I just love quinoa, kale and poms and also Kainwa.Healthy and so good.

Evi @ greenevi 25/11/16 10:46

Your salads are always so beautiful, colourful and delicious, Angie! Such a pretty quinoa and kaniwa salad again :)

Alida 25/11/16 13:25

This salad looks amazing and with plenty of colour. Pomegranates are delicious!

Easyfoodsmith 25/11/16 16:29

Never heard of Kaniwa before. The salad sounds fabulous and right up my alley.

Gingi 25/11/16 18:12

That looks SO GOOD!!!! Thank you for sharing my friend! <3 -

Amy 26/11/16 01:06

Love this holiday color and seasonal salad. Must be delicious.

Gloria Baker 26/11/16 01:54

Angie what beautiful, beautiful salad, pomegranates are beautiful always !!!

fimere 26/11/16 14:51

c'est coloré et goûteux j'adore
bonne journée

Geri Saucier 26/11/16 16:23

This salad looks beautiful. It is also very nutritious. I could eat a big bowl of it right now.

krishna 26/11/16 16:44

This is a very stomach filling recipe, without fat or anything.. very very heathy.. this is very good idea for lunch..

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Choclette 26/11/16 22:15

That looks so fresh and delicious and festive too. Lovley.

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Pame Recetas 26/11/16 23:54

I loved this salad dear Angie! The vinaigrette is the kind I¨m always looking for. Now I must go for that kaniwa! Never heard of it befor!! big hugs

Mindy 27/11/16 01:22

Beautiful dish, and so healthful!

Królowa Karo 27/11/16 04:22

Looks very good! I love pomegranate!

scrambledhenfruit 27/11/16 07:13

I love all of the different grains you use! I know quinoa, but not kaniwa- now I know to look for it. This salad looks delicious! :)

Nancy Chan 27/11/16 07:14

Looks good and healthy salad. Kaniwa and quinoa are new to me.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 27/11/16 17:32

I hadn't heard of kaniwa but now I'll be looking for it, Angie! I do love quinoa and your salad looks so beautiful and delicious. Perfect respite from all the over-eating we've been doing from our Thanksgiving holiday :)

GG 27/11/16 18:00

I've never heard of Kaniwa before. It sounds really interesting and this salad looks really delicious. GG

Catherine 27/11/16 21:47

Dear Angie, What a beautiful salad and perfect colors for the holiday table.
I know I would enjoy this.
I hope that your weekend was beautiful my dear! xoxo Catherine

Reeni 28/11/16 02:12

What a stunning salad! So perfect for the season with it's red and green colors! I keep forgetting to look for kaniwa at the market! I love that it doesn't have saponins.

Unknown 28/11/16 12:58

I love pomegranate in my salads, looks so pretty!

Barbara 28/11/16 13:13

That is so pretty, Angie. And I love your vinaigrette!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 28/11/16 14:02

I love quinoa, but I've never tried kaniwa before! Obviously I need to get on that, starting with this beautiful salad! Seriously, Angie, you are the salad queen! I am just drooling over this one! Can't wait to try it! Cheers, friend!

Helene Dsouza 28/11/16 17:53

I need to cook more with these south American grains, Your salad just looks stunning and so very inviting. Kaniwa is a grain which I have never seen in the store around. I am gong to keep an eye out for this grain.

grace 28/11/16 18:06

this is a PERFECT christmas dish! the colors are great and it's even extremely nutritious to boot. bravo!

Unknown 28/11/16 18:40

This looks like a tasty Superfood salad Angie. I like the addition of pomegranates, they add a sweet crunch to any recipe.

Beth 28/11/16 20:14

Gorgeous salad - pomegranates are perfect for adding flavour and colour!

Rosita Vargas 29/11/16 01:19

Se ve refrescante con granada es hermosa tu ensalada,abrazos.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 29/11/16 03:43

I love the colors in this salad. Sounds delicious. I liked the information on the kaniwa.

Christine Ho 29/11/16 12:50

Your salad is always colourful and attractive, Angie. This salad is so refreshing, good for the weather down under here.

Cheri Savory Spoon 29/11/16 16:42

Hi Angie, took a little time off for the holidays, just catching up. Love this beautiful and colorful salad. Will try and find some Kaniwa sounds delicious!

Juliana 29/11/16 22:31

I have never heard of interesting...the salad looks fabulous Angie...thanks for this post.
Have a wonderful week :)

Philipp 29/11/16 23:18


das Rezept sieht super lecker aus!

MFG Philipp

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 30/11/16 12:05

What a delicious and lovely looking salad, Angie. Love the addition of pretty pomegranate arils here.

Kitchen Riffs 30/11/16 16:49

Always love how much info you put in your posts. And this recipe! Wow, this looks SO good. Thanks!

Pam 30/11/16 18:00

The red and green make this a nice holiday salad too. It looks beautiful and delicious.

Anonymous 30/11/16 22:41

What a lovely salad, love kaniwa. I'm still dreaming of your fruit cake. I'll have to check your recipe especially because of no sugar.
Hope you are doing well.

kitchen flavours 1/12/16 02:56

Beautiful salad! I have never heard of kaniwa before. Interesting!

tigerfish 1/12/16 04:25

So Christmas-y with the white, red and green!

Sharon D. 1/12/16 13:21

I've not heard of kaniwa. You have a knack for exploring new food, Angie. This is such a cool salad. So festive. It looks like a bowl of happiness to me!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 2/12/16 04:52

Angie, You make the most beautiful salads!

ZazaCook 2/12/16 14:04

Lovely creation! Healthy and delicious!

Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons 4/12/16 17:15

Angie...I'm learning something new from you again since I've yet to try kaniwa. This is a beautiful and healthy salad. And I LOVE the maple and mustard in your dressing!

mjskit 6/12/16 03:44

What a festive salad with lots of good stuff - tasty and healthy! A great salad for the holidays this year! Love all of those pomegranate seeds. :)

Unknown 6/12/16 04:36

You make the most PERFECT salads!! Really want to try out Kaniwa!

Ana Regalado 6/12/16 14:14

Kaniwa sounds interesting , I wonder if shops here are selling it together with quinoa :D Love the look of this nutrient-rich salad , the pom seeds certainly add a festive touch !

Catherine 15/12/16 14:14

Dear Angie, This is a beautiful salad, healthy, delicious and so eye appealing. xo Catherine

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 19/12/16 20:49

My gosh what a lovely salad; so packed with yummy goodness too! Merry Christmas Angie!

Hema 20/12/16 16:16

Colorful and healthy, kaniwa, that's new to me..

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