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Apple Walnut Quinoa Salad

This is the perfect salad for fall! Enjoy it for lunch, dinner, or serve it as a side dish for Thanksgiving.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the maple mustard dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

For the quinoa salad:

  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji are my favorite
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
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Instructions

  1. First, make the maple mustard dressing. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the spinach, cooked quinoa, apples, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. Toss until salad is combined. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Drizzle with dressing and toss again. Serve.