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Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto Photo by: Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto

Citrus, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad

Still-warm quinoa gives off just enough heat to barely wilt the spinach in this side-dish salad.

Sunset JANUARY 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
  • Total: 20 Minutes


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


Cook quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, whisk together zest, juice, oil, chile flakes, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add spinach and onions. Mix in warm quinoa and sprinkle top of salad with feta.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 169
  • Calories from fat: 44%
  • Protein: 5.5g
  • Fat: 8.4g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 20g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Sodium: 294mg
  • Cholesterol: 8.3mg

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Citrus, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad Recipe