How to Pressure Cook Quinoa + Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Salad

How to Pressure Cook Quinoa + Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Salad
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

If you’ve been wondering how to cook quinoa in your electric pressure cooker, I’ll show you how I do it! Pressure cooking quinoa is a great way to meal prep salads for to-go lunches.

Whether or not you have a pressure cooker, you can take some cooked quinoa to make a simple salad and divide it into to-go lunch containers. I showed you a variation on a recipe I put in my new pressure cooker cookbook, which we’ll make here with dried cranberries, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and lime juice.

When I took it for lunch the 2nd day, I added a chopped apple and some roasted edamame and it was so delicious!​​ Let me know what you do with this one down below.

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Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Quinoa Salad

This is a simple salad, but so fresh and tasty! You could make endless variations on this theme, with whatever dried fruit and nut or seed you want.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pressure cooker, quinoa
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries goji berries, or chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 red onion finely chopped, soaked in water and drained
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds or shelled pistachios
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice or orange juice
  • olive oil for drizzling, optional


  • In your electric pressure cooker’s cooking pot, combine the quinoa, water, and salt. Close and lock the lid and ensure the pressure valve is sealed, then select High Pressure and set the time for 2 minutes.
  • When the cook time is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure, being careful not to get your fingers or face near the steam release.
  • Once all the pressure has released, carefully unlock and remove the lid. While the quinoa is hot, stir in the drained onion, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and lime juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper, then add a drizzle of olive oil, if you like. Serve warm or chilled.



Preparation tip: Soaking the onion in water helps soften its bite. If you don’t like raw red onion, substitute chopped scallions, which have a milder onion flavor.
Tried this recipe?Tag me @HeatherNicholds so I can see!

Vegan Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Whether you’re new to veganism, new to pressure cookers, or an old pro at both, I wrote this book to give you some easy and delicious options for quick & healthy weeknight meals. There are just 5 main ingredients, so you don’t need to be fussing with anything complicated. Using an electric pressure is easier than you might think, and can cut your cooking time in half.

Available to order as a paperback or Kindle ebook!

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  1. Brenda 5 years ago

    Thanks Heather! Always great to see your videos. :>)
    Been meaning to ask and forgive me IF you’ve answered this. You have shown a cooking hand out on a couple of videos which ‘comes with your instant pot’. I think that’s how you put it. Mine did not come with one and it looks great! Any suggestions on where I could get one?

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