Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

There’s salad, and then there’s SALAD – you know, the one that shouts rather than whispers?  The one you want MORE of…the salad that has that little something extra to take it over the top.  What is it about salty, sweet, tart that makes you want to take another bite and another and another…

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans
Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans

This one has candied pecans – yep – golden, crunchy, sweet candied pecans to help balance out all the healthiness of this Quinoa Spinach salad.  A deceptively simple, tart dressing with just a hint of honey perfectly offsets the rest of the flavors.  Add your favorite fruit – blueberries, strawberries, apple, pear, citrus – you can’t go wrong.

“Where’s the meat?” my sister asked, but between the light, fluffy quinoa, the garbanzo beans and the pecans, this is actually a pretty substantial salad.  Probably not “Man” substantial, though, at least in my family.  It would be marvelous with grilled chicken, either mixed in or served alongside.

I’m sorry not to have an exact price – I don’t remember the last time I bought quinoa; it’s actually been languishing in my cupboard for awhile so I’m glad to have pulled it out!  Pick up sales priced ingredients, and this salad is a LOT less expensive than you might think.  I’m guessing the salad ran between $4.50 and $5.00.

Spinach Quinoa Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 35 min +
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 bunch of spinach, stems removed
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 pint of blueberries
  • 1 bosc pear, sliced into quarters, hulled and then sliced
  • Candied Pecans

Arrange salad as you’d like.  I prefer to lay down the spinach, top with the quinoa and sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the top.

Dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (or your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (this is just enough to give a hint of what is it?)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Mix together and drizzle over salad just before serving.  You can add more honey to this, to taste.  The dressing is very tart which plays wonderfully with the Candied Pecans.  If you’re not using the Candied Pecans, you may like a bit more sweetness.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Read Strategies Applied for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16 g 24 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 215 mg 9 %
Potassium 583 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrate 43 g 14 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 29 %
Sugars 11 g
Protein 8 g 17 %
Vitamin A 109 %
Vitamin C 35 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 26 %

4 thoughts on “Spinach Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans”

        1. I know, don’t they! I’ve canned a little jelly, jam, sauces – specialty things, but never a “serious” project.

          I have made apple crisp and doubled it, freezing one (I just put the topping in a ziploc.) That would work for pear crisp, too – might be worth a bit of effort…Pears are one of my most favorite fruits! I lost my first tooth on a pear…

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