Wilted Spinach Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Bacon

Love this Wilted Spinach Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Bacon.  I could eat it alone as an entree salad or along side a nice juciy tenderlion or grilled shrimp.

Wilted Spinach Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Bacon
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 cup quino (cooked to package directions)
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, torn
  • 6-8 slices crispy bacon
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup green onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup glazed walnuts pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the warm quinoa, spinach, green onions, bacon and cranberries.
  3. For dressing, in a small sauce pan, whisk the oil, vinegar, agave syrup, garlic, salt and pepper. Warm over moderate heat. Pour over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with walnuts.

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Comments: 5

  1. Donna July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am Reply

    The salad looks great! And I love that you used the agave syrup.
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  2. JDaniel4's Mom February 21, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    Happy SITS day! My guys will love this salad!
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  3. Blended4Purpose February 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply

    You reeled me in with the Spinach, enticed me with the Quinoa and sealed it with the BACON!!! Got’s to try this. Happy SITS Day!

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  4. Sara Turner (@Turner_SR) February 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Spinach and quinoa are two of my favourite things! will have to think about putting them together in a salad like this one! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I’m following you via google plus!
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    • Lori Riddle February 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

      Sara, I also like to add grilled shrimp or salmon to this for an all-in-one meal!

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