Spinach Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries and Toasted Almonds

Fall into the Season with this Salad

So much goodness in one bowl!

I made this salad the other day to bring for dinner at my son’s baseball game.  Everyone on the stands wanted to try it and asked for the recipe so I decided to share it here because it is going to be one of  my go to salads this Fall.

It’s quinoa, fresh spinach, cucumbers, red onion, chickpeas, dried cherries and toasted sliced almonds, all tossed in a tangy dressing made with EVOO, lemon juice, garlic & yogurt (I used Almond Milk yogurt).

Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times, it’s my kind of salad — easy to prep, packed with nutrients and delicious. In fact, it tasted great the first day, even better the second!

Scroll down to see the recipe.

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries and Toasted Almonds


Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times Magazine.

Taste of Fall Salad
This is one of my go to Fall Salads. Great on it's own or as a side dish. Easy to prep and tastes as good (if not better) the second day as the first. Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.
Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • 1½ cups quinoa, prepared according to package
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped into slivers or thin strips
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ⅓-inch dice (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt (I used Almond Milk Yogurt)
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Over medium-high heat, saute almonds in a dry saucepan until lightly toasted, stirring frequently so as to not burn any, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool
  2. Prep dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.
  3. In large bowl, gently mix chickpeas and a spoonful or two of dressing to coat.
  4. Add about ¾ of the almonds, spinach, cherries and cucumber. Toss together to combine. Add another spoonful or two of dressing and toss gently to combine.
  5. Add quinoa. Toss to combine.
  6. Add additional almonds, cherries, spinach and top with additional dressing. Gently toss to combine.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Tastes great immediately or allow to settle and flavors to combine. Tastes great day 2 as well.


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