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Quinoa Wilted Spinach Salad Recipe

Quinoa Wilted Spinach Salad Recipe

Get all the nutritious benefits of quinoa, spinach and cranberries paired with the crunchy texture of nuts in this easy and scrumptious salad. A light, flavorful dressing splashed with citrus tops everything off! —Sharon Ricci, Mendon, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, torn
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the warm quinoa, spinach and cranberries. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the oil, orange juice, vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in onion. Pour over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 171 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 136 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Quinoa Wilted Spinach Salad

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"My husband and adult kids thought this salad was delicious. I substituted chopped sweet onion for the green onion and reduced the amount of quinoa, probably by half. The toasted pecans were a great addition. I would not add anything else--there are lots of flavours that go really well together."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"I wasn't impressed. I liked the idea of a quick, easy, healthy meal, but this wasn't doing it for me."

Reviewed May. 16, 2014


Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014 Edited Apr. 8, 2014

"This salad is great! Took it to work for lunch to share and we all liked it a lot; I'll be making it again. I substituted lime juice (didn't have any oranges), and chopped red onion, and reduced the amount of quinoa as others suggested. I'll be making it again soon. I'll add mandarin oranges next time, I think they'd be a great addition.

Update April 2014: Made this again, this time I made the dressing as written, substituted toasted sesame seeds for the pecans and added mandarin oranges - EVEN YUMMIER! You'll love this one, folks!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Not my favorite quinoa salad, but one that I'm willing to eat again."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"Excellent salad! Was out of red wine vinegar so had to use apple cider vinegar instead and it tasted great. Also used finely chopped sweet onion instead of green onion. Next time I think I'll try it with grilled chicken."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"Great salad. I cut the quinoa in half as someone suggested (and because I'm still trying to break my husband in to quinoa) and substituted diced sweet onion for the green onion, added diced cucumber and diced strawberries. Big hit, thinking about adding apples next time. Definitely will make again."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Not a fan of the quinoa, might leave it out next time."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"This salad was very good; something different! I recommend using only 1/2 the recommended amount of Quinoa."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"First time I used quinoa -- and I'm so pleased it was for this delicious recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"My son-in-law's favorite salad..."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Amazingly delicious! I will make this again! ... and again, and again, and again ... you get the idea."

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"I would add a little more dressing but I think it's just a personal preference. Loved it!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Made it as written except forgot to tear the spinach. Very yummy. Dressing amount was perfect. I added a few ounces of chicken to my serving to round out a meal. Interested to see how it holds up overnight and tastes cold."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"Love love love this salad, except I would add red onions and some Macedonian feta cheese, which is very low in fat, and the dressing is to die for, a definite yes."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"We loved this salad but thought it needed more dressing. I doubled the dressing recipe, except for the green onion and pecan amounts. It was much more flavorful, and it is even good cold!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"I'm thrilled when I find a recipe that is easy, is healthy, and one my family loves -- and this is one of them! The dressing is light but tasty. My son-in-law said he'd even like this prepared without the spinach, just as a quinoa salad. Definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"Myself and 4 other teachers make salads for each other on different days of the week so that we don't have to buy lunches. I made this for them and they absolutely loved it. I think it will also be great for summer pot-luck picnics. Delicious!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"My husband thought this was very good. It was our first time eating quinoa."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"I wouldn't change a thing. My husband and I both loved it."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"This was really good, but the dressing kind of got lost with all the quinoa and spinich, but i bet it will be bursting with flavor tomorrow when i taste it because it will have sat overnight and get more flavor"

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