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Citrus Spinach Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Spinach Quinoa Salad with tangerine wedges in serving dish

It’s January, and that means, like myself, most people are trying to shed a few holiday pounds! Hope you’re looking for healthy salads because I’ll be having a quite a few coming your way over the next couple of weeks. This spinach quinoa salad is fresh and tangy, accompanied by an oil free, sweet orange vinaigrette. Perfect for lunch or dinner!

This spinach quinoa salad is easy to prepare, just layer all your ingredients in a serving dish. For the vinaigrette, just toss all the dressing ingredients into your Vitamix (or other high powered blender) and process until smooth and creamy. I love simple recipes! Especially one that is healthy and delicious. This salad is really a perfectly wholesome meal that is loaded with protein. It contains a healthy dose of quinoa, lentils AND walnuts!

This spinach quinoa salad and its dressing are oil free, vegan, gluten free, and peanut free! A great choice for many eating preferences and diets. If you are allergic to all tree nuts, just skip the walnuts!

Once you’ve layered all your salad ingredients and chilled the vinaigrette, drizzle the salad with your dressing and serve immediately. Or serve the dressing separately so your guests can add as much or as little dressing as they like on their portion.

Spinach Quinoa Salad in serving dish

For more healthy and delicious salads that are perfect for your clean eating resolutions, check out these recipes below! And of course, I love to hear from my readers, so please drop me a line in the comments below.

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Spinach Quinoa Salad with tangerine wedges in serving dish

Citrus Spinach Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Delicious and nutritious spinach quinoa salad is drizzled in a sweet orange, oil free vinaigrette made in 5 minutes flat!
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For the Salad

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup walnuts soaked for 1 hour & drained (optional, you may skip soaking if you prefer a crunchier texture)
  • 1 15 oz can lentils drained & rinsed
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • 3 tangerines peeled & wedges divided

For the Dressing

  • 1 large orange zested & juiced
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic peeled (mince if you do not have a high powered blender)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


For the Salad

  • In a large serving dish, layer the ingredients in the order listed. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

For the Dressing

  • Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and process until creamy. Refrigerate 1 hour to chill before using. Then drizzle your salad with the dressing, or serve separately and allow your guests to dress their own salad.
Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3165IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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  1. Angie

    I made this salad and brought it to a friend’s house for a potluck and got so many compliments on it! Everyone loved the citrus flavour in the salad and the dressing. By the end of the night, the salad was all gone! Thanks for your easy but delicious vegan recipes!!

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