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Quinoa Wilted Spinach Salad

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 171 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • 7833louis
    Feb 1, 2021

    I have made this several times now. No matter who the crowd, it's always gobbled up. Perfect in every way. Sometimes I add some mandarin oranges which go very well with the rest of the ingredients. We also like the quinoa cold. Thanks for sharing!

  • jhutcheson
    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.

  • rwippel
    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.

  • unamariamas1
    May 16, 2014


  • contrarywife
    Mar 18, 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!

  • proesner
    Mar 2, 2014

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

  • lag392
    Aug 9, 2013

    No comment left

  • danali2001
    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.

  • lbraden
    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.

  • ksinglek
    Mar 11, 2013

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