Green Quinoa Salad with Spinach Dressing

By Sally Cameron on May 26, 2013

gluten-free, Salads and Dressings, the daniel plan, vegan, vegetarian,


Shopping at a favorite health-food market my tummy was rumbling, so I headed to the fresh deli section to grab a quick snack. They make this great green quinoa salad. The first time I ate it I gobbled the cup down sitting in my car. The second time, I thought, I’ve got to make this at home. The third time, they ran out, so I took a photo of the ingredient list and came up with my own recipe.

The “Green-wah” Salad

With spinach, cucumber, lime, and cilantro, this should be called the “green-wah” salad. It’s really green! Golden corn kernels and red onion give the salad a bit of a color break. Color aside, it tastes great and is healthy. With quinoa as the base, it’s gluten-free and high in protein.

Before cooking, rinse quinoa well in a fine sieve to remove the natural bitter coating called saponin. Cook quinoa and spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet to cool. While it’s cooling, do your vegetable and herb prep and make the spinach dressing.

Spinach Dressing

For the dressing, place 1 giant handful of washed baby spinach leaves into a blender. Add a little water, lime juice, olive oil, garlic and puree. Toss the cooled quinoa with the spinach dressing and the rest of the ingredients.

Enjoy this salad chilled for lunch or a snack. It also works beautifully as the base for grilled chicken, fish or as a side to burgers. Cool salad recipes are nice to have in your recipe box as we head into warmer weather. Salads like this also pack easily for a picnic.

One additional ingredient note – for more green, add diced avocado before serving!

spinach quinoa salad




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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon | May 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

This sounds like a perfect summer lunch, and I like the idea of a nice piece of fish served on top for a dinner. The “Green-wah” just made me laugh.

Lizzy (Good Things) | May 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Oh wow, this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing, I just happen to have a large bag of quinoa in my larder and all the other fresh ingredients too!

Shut Up and Cook | June 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I’ve been really enjoying my kale and spinach smoothies in the morning so can totally appreciate how nicely this spinach would work in the dressing. Quinoa truly is one of those miracle foods. Love it!

Amy Rising | July 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This Greenwah Quinoa is delicious!!

Rosegirl | July 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Love the new recipe. I used lemon instead of lime because I just didn’t have one. I’m sure it changed the taste, but it was still great. The next time I make it, I’ll cut the garlic to one instead of two. Just a personal preference–I ended up with garlic breath. Hubby approved recipe. He wanted more!

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