Bring water to boil, season with salt, stir in quinoa. Cook for 5 mins, then simmer covered for 15 min, until cooked and water evaporated, stirring occasionally.
Stir in raisins and cranberries, cover pot back with the lid, let it stand until dried fruits softened up and mixture is cool to room temperature
Lay washed lettuce on a plate, place some cucumber
Mix mandarin pieces into quinoa, spoon onto lettuce
Sprinkle with toasted almond
Just before serving, mix in dressing if using