Quinoa Wilted Spinach Salad

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I only tried quinoa for the first time a couple of months ago, but it is quickly becoming a staple in our house.  Besides the fabulous nutritional value, I love that it cooks up even more quickly than rice and adds a hearty texture to whatever dish it is in.   I tried it in a couple of salads before I came across this  tasty one from Taste of Home Healthy Cooking, and this one with its flavorful dressing and pleasant texture, is definitely staying on our keeper list.  

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The ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbs. orange juice
1-1/2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1-1/2 Tbs. maple syrup
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 green onions, finely chopped

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 pkg (6-oz.) fresh baby spinach, torn
1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions:  For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the oil, orange juice, vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Stir in green onions.  Set aside in refrigerator until ready to serve. 
For salad, in a small saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Remove from heat; fluff with fork. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. 

In a large bowl, combine the warm quinoa, spinach, and Craisins.  Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat.  Sprinkle with toasted pecans.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy! 


Cassie April 19, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

I love quinoa in salads. This one looks super delicious!

Julie April 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM  

Wow, that sounds super healthy, and delicious too!

Anonymous,  April 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

This salad sounds really tasty. Looking forward to trying this one out.

Unknown April 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

This salad was great! To make it more of a meal for the entire family we added grilled shrimp and feta cheese! It was a big hit!

christyd May 2, 2011 at 1:24 PM  

This sounds do good, thank you!

Best Reviews for Atlantic Highlands NJ house cleaning click here March 24, 2015 at 11:07 AM  

I saved a little to try it cold later. If it's yummy cold too, this will be my new favorite quinoa recipe. Thanks for posting!

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