spinach salad prepared on a table
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5 from 1 vote

Warm Winter Entree Salad

Dark leafy greens topped with apples, quinoa, beets, walnuts, crumbly bleu and drizzled in homemade lemon garlic vinaigrette.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: entree salads, quinoa salad, spinach salad
Category: mains, salads, sides
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 595kcal


  • 2 quart pot with lid
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • colander or strainer
  • small baking pan
  • 2 mixing bowls, one large, one small
  • whisk


  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/3 cup quinoa dry
  • 1/8 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pickled beets or canned or roasted beets if prefered
  • 1 med apple
  • 1 oz blue cheese crumbles


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare the quinoa

  • Rinse ⅓ cup dry quinoa under cold running water in a fine mesh strainer, transfer to a medium-sized pot containing ⅔ cup water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork just before serving.

Prepare the nuts and apple

  • Chop large-sized nuts to smaller chunky pieces.
  • Place spread out on a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Set aside to cool.
  • Square off the apple and chop into small dice.

Prepare the vinaigrette

  • Chop 1 clove of garlic and olive oil, lemon juice and pepper into a bowl or small tightly sealed container. Whisk or shake ingredients

Assemble the salad

  • Toss washed salad greens and apples with half of the vinaigrette.  Place greens and apples onto a large plate or into a bowl.
  • Place ½ cup beets on or around edges of salad.
  • Place quinoa on top of salad greens. Top with nuts and bleu cheese crumbles.
  • Drizzle with remaining dressing and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 3031IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 6mg
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