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

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jhutcheson User ID: 8730471 242974
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."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 103142
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."

unamariamas1 User ID: 7773528 145841
Reviewed May. 16, 2014


contrarywife User ID: 2675625 186492
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!"

proesner User ID: 102431 109603
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

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

danali2001 User ID: 2512314 186415
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."

lbraden User ID: 3391766 186414
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."

ksinglek User ID: 7171727 117257
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

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

RHergenroeder User ID: 6026311 169269
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

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

Blinkygatto2 User ID: 3684155 211437
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

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

Sager User ID: 2995972 117256
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

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

Martalynn User ID: 5797679 105497
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

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

amb_ks User ID: 4253706 105474
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

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

themrsh User ID: 4847810 117255
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."

BeckaJane User ID: 5864335 103141
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."

pscardinale User ID: 5374182 119678
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!"

dsm User ID: 3208899 189310
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!"

stephanie932 User ID: 4888194 174697
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!!!"

suesam User ID: 1213393 189040
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

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

FrauM User ID: 3996670 103140
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

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

Aubrey5 User ID: 4632337 189340
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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