Spinach Salad with Quinoa

I love adding quinoa to a salad that has nice dark greens, such as kale or spinach. If the salad is made with kale it lasts a bit longer in the fridge as left-overs because the kale does not get too soggy.

When I put this salad together I thought about the different textures and colours of the vegetables & am quite happy with the result. I changed  my ‘go to’ salad dressing that I always use, which was given to me by my friend many years ago, just to adapt it to this type of salad.

Here its the recipe 


1 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 red pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow pepper, chopped

1 carrot, grated

1 large stalk of celery, diced

3/4 cup purple cabbage, diced

approximately 6 cups baby spinach ***I used 1/2 of an 11 oz container of baby spinach from Costco

1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds ***I just put them into a dry frying pan and toast them while the quinoa is cooking

Salad Dressing

9 tbsp olive oil ***135 ml  or just over 1/2 cup ….  it is 0.56 cups   I just measured the tbsps

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

3/4 – 1 tsp salt


2 tsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp dry mustard

1 garlic clove minced


  1. Cook the quinoa as directed on the package, fluff & let cool
  2. I prepare my vegetables while the quinoa is cooking and cooling
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients together and adjust seasoning (salt and pepper) to your taste
  4. Once the quinoa is cool, put it into a large bowl and combine with the chopped vegetables, mix throughly then add the spinach then the pumpkin seeds. Toss together
  5. Pour the dressing on. I used all of the dressing but of course the amount of dressing is up to you!



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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