make-ahead spinach salad in a jar

make-ahead spinach salad in a jar
  • 5 (16 oz) pint jars
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • Salad:
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 5 cups tightly packed fresh spinach
  • 5 tablespoons chopped walnuts


  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Whisk orange juice, vinegar, orange zest, salt, curry powder, and pepper together in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking continuously until well blended.
  3. Line up 5 pint jars in an assembly line fashion.
  4. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing into the bottom of each jar. Place 1/2 cup cooked quinoa into each jar, and top with 2 tablespoons cherries. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons goat cheese on top of the cherries. Top with 1 cup of spinach per jar and pack down tightly to remove air pockets; jars should be filled to the top. Finish each jar with 1 tablespoon walnuts. Cover jars and refrigerate until ready to eat.

06/24/2019
make-ahead spinach salad in a jar, recipe PT15M PT1H 5 455 calories

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