Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

This healthy quinoa salad recipe was a delicious last minute creation that I threw together after a haphazard inventory of my pantry.  I had fresh spinach and wanted to use it for something other than green smoothies.  I had a container of quinoa so I headed to Pinterest to find some quinoa salad recipes.  Since I didn’t have any of the other ingredients most of them asked for,  I decided a little improvisation was needed. Lo and behold, a new salad recipe has been added to my monthly menu rotation!

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

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This healthy quinoa salad recipe is completely flexible, based on the contents of your own pantry and fridge.  Choose a dark green, leafy veggie.  Kale, spinach and swiss chard are good choices.  Then, choose a dried fruit.   Or a fresh fruit.  Some examples are chopped apples, raisins, dried cranberries, fresh cherries, etc.  Add any nut you want but slivered almonds, chopped pecans, or walnuts would all work fine for this recipe.  Now you have a dozen variations of this incredibly healthy and EASY quinoa salad recipe!  Check out my post about cooking with quinoa and pick some up next time you are at the grocery store.

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It seems like most major grocery stores sell quinoa now but if your selection is limited, then shop on Amazon.  They have a great selection of red, white, black and multicolored quinoa available.  Buy organic quinoa if possible.  If you have left over quinoa, you can make my Asian Quinoa Recipe with Broccoli and Tofu. It can also be used for breakfast recipes or a healthy side dish .

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

 

Yields 4 servings

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

A healthy quinoa salad recipe loaded with fresh spinach and dried apricots.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock (divided)
  • 3 to 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 to 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse and cook quinoa according to package directions. Use 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups veggie stock. Reserve the remaining 1/2 cup veggie stock for later.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Add the fresh spinach, juice of 1/2 a lemon, and the remaining 1/2 cup stock. Put lid over the pan and cook until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Add the nuts and dried apricots and stir 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add in the cooked quinoa and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!
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This healthy quinoa salad recipe is a great vegetarian recipe for Meatless Monday and is ready in less than 30 minutes!

About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

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