Spinach-Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Almonds

"Haven't tried this yet, but it looks delicious. Can also use either couscous or bulgur, if you like. Cooking time includes chilling the completed salad in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. From VT July/Aug 2006"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spread almonds on baking sheet, and toast 7-10 minutes, shaking pan occasionally, until golden brown. Cool.
  • Bring 3 cups salted water to boil in pot over med-high heat. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove pot from heat and allow to cool, covered.
  • Lay 5 or 6 spinach leaves on top of one another on a cutting board. Roll tightly into a cylinder. Slice into slivers. Repeat with remaining spinach.
  • In large serving bowl, toss together quinoa, almonds, spinach, cherries, cucumber, chickpeas, and red onion.
  • In small bowl, whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Pour yogurt mixture over salad, and toss to coat.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Chill the salad for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  • Serve.

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  1. Loved this salad! It is refreshing and surprisingly hearty and filling. I did halve the recipe with good results and used dried cherries- can't wait to try it with fresh cherries. The dressing was just enough and merely coats the other components of the salad so nothing is swimming in dressing. The only change I made was to toast the quinoa after rinsing. Thank you Annisette for sharing the recipe.
  2. This was absolutely amazingly good. I had a ton of fresh cherries that I didn't know what to do with, and I'm so glad that I found this recipe! I also used some dried cherries to add a bit more texture and sweetness. Fantastic!
  3. I really liked this salad and will use the dressing for other salads. We could not get fresh cherries this month, but the dry cherries worked very well.
  4. I really liked this! I subbed out some chives for the onion and left out the garlic. In the end, I added 1 little packet of stevia and WOW did that really bring it all together! Thanks for a fun salad!
  5. The salad itself i liked but the dressing in my opinion would have killed it. Luckily i tested it before adding. I thought this came out quite well just mixed with the yogurt and lemon juice.


  1. I really liked this! I subbed out some chives for the onion and left out the garlic. In the end, I added 1 little packet of stevia and WOW did that really bring it all together! Thanks for a fun salad!


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