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Mandarin Orange & Spinach Salad with Quinoa 

Crisp salad greens and fresh spinach leaves layered with mandarin orange-flavored quinoa, hearty garbanzo beans and diced vegetables, then topped with juicy mandarin oranges and drizzled with an Asian-style ginger dressing.

This is one of our own Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® recipes. It meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict nutrition guidelines as a healthy recipe.

Category: Salads

Think Variety; Think Color: Red Yellow/Orange White Green

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6

Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving: 1


2 cups mandarin oranges, drained

½ cup + 1 Tbsp quinoa, dry

3 cups Romaine lettuce salad blend

1 ½ cups spinach leaves

1 ½ cups garbanzo beans, low-sodium, canned and drained 

3 Tbsp bell peppers, diced 

3 Tbsp red onion, diced

½ tsp garlic, minced

½ tsp ginger root, minced

3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup soy sauce, low-sodium

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Combine all ingredients except vinegar, soy sauce, and vegetable oil.
  3. Combine vinegar, soy sauce, and vegetable oil. Drizzle over salad and serve.

Credit: Recipe courtesy of Recipes for Healthy Kids.

Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories: 240 Carbohydrates: 34g
Total Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg
Saturated Fat: 1g Dietary Fiber: 6g
% of Calories from Fat: 34% Sodium: 210mg
Protein: 7g  



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