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We Want To Eat This Spinach And Quinoa Winter Salad For Lunch Everyday

And maybe we WILL. This huge, delicious bowl of spinach, quinoa, squash, craisins and walnuts will fill—and warm—you up.

By definition, a salad is a combination of smaller pieces of food served with a dressing of some sort. And most of the time, salads contain cold and/or raw ingredients—but they don’t have to, especially when it is cold and raw outside. Enter this winter salad recipe: The simple and delicious take on the beloved staple is comfort food at its best (and healthiest).


(Serves 2 with possible leftovers, depending on appetites)


  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water or low sodium veggie broth
  • 1 large delicata squash (or butternut if not available)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened craisins
  • 1/3 cup walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Soak the quinoa in water for five minutes while you peel the squash.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to scrape off the skin of the squash. Scrape out seeds, and cut into 1-2 inch pieces.
  • Pour out excess water from the quinoa, then dump the quinoa into a small saucepan. Pour one cup of water or veggie broth over it, then bring it to a boil, then cover and bring down to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Lay out squash on a baking sheet & toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 20 mins, turning over around 15 minutes.
  • Pour spinach, craisins, and walnuts into a medium or large bowl.
  • When quinoa is ready, fluff with a fork and pour over the spinach mixture.
  • When squash is finished roasting, add to the salad mix.
  • Toss the salad a bit, then pour on the desired amount of dressing (recipe below!) and toss again until well combined.



  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or raw apple cider)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Mix ingredients in a mason jar or container.
  • Toss into salad, and store the leftover dressing in the fridge.



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