Spinach and Feta Quinoa Salad

Spinach and Feta Quinoa Salad

Although I generally like to plan my meals out for the week, sometimes things don't work out as planned. At the end of this week I noticed that I had an extra bunch of spinach in my fridge that I had not used during the week and it now needed to be finished rather quickly. Luckily I had an idea of what to do with it; I had been thinking about using the spinach, feta and herb flavour combination in a quinoa salad and now was as good a time as any to try it. Well, perhaps not the best time, as I had envisioned making it with white quinoa and all that I had on hand was a mix of white and red quinoa, but that would not affect the flavour so I was good to go. This quinoa salad was pretty easy to make and once you had everything in the pot you can pretty much just sit back and wait for it to finish cooking. The spinach and feta flavour combination worked really well in the quinoa salad and the one thing that I liked the most, outside of the flavour, was how light and fresh the quinoa salad seemed. It is always nice when a last minute dish turns out so good!

Spinach and Feta Quinoa Salad

(makes 2-4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 bunch spinach (roughly chopped)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth or water)
1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup dill (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1/4 cup feta (crumbled)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
4. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts.
5. Add the quinoa, vegetable broth, parsley, dill and season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
6. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and hit it with a splash lemon juice and mix in the feta.

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36 comments:

Matt said...

Wow that looks good!

alishanewton said...

I've made something similar with orzo, and it was good. I will have to try yours when I get some more quinoa! Thanks for the recipe.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

a splendid salad! Healthy, yet flavorful and highly enjoyable!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lucia said...

That looks so good!

Natalie said...

Great recipe, reminds me of this one that I just posted the other day and LOVED...you should try it if you liked the quinoa one! http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/03/bulgur-salad-with-citrus-toasted.html

Maria said...

Great salad! Lovely flavors and perfect for Spring.

Zoe Sotet Art Studio said...

Looks delicious.
I've had a packet of quinoa in the pantry for ages that my mum gave and I didn't know what to do with it.

Dylana Suarez said...

This looks amazing!

Just came across your blog!

It is lovely!

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Nina Timm said...

I always come here and expect to see something red and spicy...this brings a very nice variety to the "red Hot" site!!!

Jenn said...

What a great quick salad! I think I might sub out the feta for goat cheese, but either way it would be really tasty!

Cherine said...

This is a great healthy salad!

Joanne said...

This looks like the perfect accompaniment to lunch. Gotta love quinoa!

bunkycooks said...

Your dishes always look so colorful! This will be something nice to try as meals lighten up for Spring.

meeso said...

Spinach and feta caught my attention... this is super healthy!

Jan said...

Sounds good and looks good!

Rebecca said...

Mmmm... this looks wonderful! I have been craving healthy salads and I think this will do the trick!

Pam said...

It looks great! Love the combo of spinach and feta! Your salad is packed with flavor and I will have to buy some quinoa! Thanks!

eatme_delicious said...

Yum I'd love to have this for dinner or lunch or probably even breakfast! I need to get some more quinoa.

Monica said...

In step 4, it says "4. Add the and spinach" - what goes before the "and"? Or is it just supposed to be "add the spinach?" I have quite a bit of spinach lying around and I intend to make this asap!

Erin said...

I love quinoa, and using it in salads like this is one of my favorite ways to cook with it! This type of recipe is perfect to bring to work for lunch, too. Sounds great!

Also, I made your wheat berry, butternut squash & chickpea salad last week... it was fantastic!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh, I love this combination, Kevin! Quinoa is such a favorite of mine, and I like the notion of spinach AND feta. Mmm. :-)

Carter @ The Kitchenette said...

Oh, this looks perfect for me. I have, what's scientific term for a lot? Oh yes, I have a crapload of quinoa to use up and this looks like it could make a dent in my stash!

Love it!

Kevin said...

Monica: Sorry about that, I cleaned it up in the recipe.

monica, sometimes known as koolaidmom said...

I changed out the feta
for blue cheese crumbles
and this is wonderful! I've been eating it all week.

Meghan said...

I made this tonight for the weekly girls night dinner. It was fantastic...even though I missed a step and added herbs later. Oops!

Peggy said...

This looks mighty tasty!

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Wow, this looks delicious. I bet my family would love it, we all like spinach a lot. I will have to try it.

dining table said...

This is good! I just tried it yesterday and it was really nice.

ter@waaoms said...

just tried this tonight. Very quick and tastes great. I love that it only uses one pot to make.

kristen @ just-iced cookies said...

YUM! Made this for lunch today and it's awesome :) Thank you!

Claire said...

I made this for Father's Day lunch and everyone loved it. Thanks for helping my family enjoy Quinoa!

Indi said...

this recipe is great, i've already made it 3 times! the spinach/lemon/feta/quinoa combination is delicious.

Joanne Voth said...

This salad looks so delcious! Thanks Kevin!

AJ said...

Trying to figure out.... is this intended as a hot or cold dish? Or either? I want to make it tonight, but can't figure out if I should figure chilling time into it. Looks delish!

Kevin Lynch said...

AJ: This salad can be enjoyed either hot or cold!

AJ said...

You're right, its great both ways! Thanks!

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