Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad

by fitandfed on January 6, 2012

finished plate of spinach salad, shown with a glass of red wine

Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Chickpeas, Edamame, Quinoa, Cherry Tomatoes

An unabashed home copy of Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad. The reds and oranges against the dark green baby spinach leaves make a gorgeous meal. It’s enough for a full lunch or dinner on its own.  It’s great with baby spinach leaves, but romaine works too. Cook the quinoa for this- it only takes 15 minutes- while putting ingredients in the blender for the carrot-ginger-miso dressing.

Blend the dressing. It will be quite thick, so when you toss it with the greens it will coat each leaf with a sweet gingery miso flavor:

mixing salad greens with carrot ginger miso dressing in a wooden bowl

Mixing baby spinach greens with carrot ginger miso dressing

Now serve the greens onto dinner plates, then sprinkle each salad with quinoa, grape or cherry tomatoes, edamame, chickpeas, pepitas, dried cranberries, and finally shredded carrots. This has everything you need: whole grains, protein, seeds, and lots of veggies.

Please let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Chickpeas, Pepitas, Edamame, and Quinoa
 
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This vegan salad makes a full meal, with quinoa, chickpeas, edamame, pepitas, cranberries, and shredded carrots atop a bed of baby spinach dressed with carrot-ginger-miso dressing
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Type: main salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • one recipe of carrot-ginger-miso dressing
  • 6 oz. of baby spinach greens or other sturdy greens
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa
  • about 10 oz. grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • ½ cup edamame, prepared from frozen
  • ¼ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
  • ⅔ c. dried cranberries
  • 1 small carrot, grated
Instructions
  1. Assemble the ingredients for the salad.
  2. The chickpeas can be rinsed from a can, freshly cooked, or from your freezer.
  3. I use frozen edamame. They can be boiled for five minutes on the stove or defrosted and cooked in the microwave.
  4. Dry roast the pepitas in a pan for two minutes or so, stirring constantly, until they start to turn brown.
  5. Finely grate the carrot.
  6. Toss the salad greens with the dressing.
  7. Serve the salad greens onto dinner plates.
  8. Sprinkle the greens with the cooked quinoa.
  9. Add the other ingredients in layers, starting with the tomatoes, then the chickpeas, edamame, pepitas, dried cranberries, and finally the shredded carrot.

 

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurie Arndt January 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

Wow that looks delicious. I love the colors too.

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mary January 21, 2012 at 5:23 am

Thanks, Laurie, I love the feedback! Think you might try it?

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ew May 16, 2012 at 3:03 am

I was so excited to see this since I really liked the salad a lot and wanted to make it at home. I plan to try your recipe out soon.

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mary May 16, 2012 at 3:09 am

Thanks for letting me know! The Trader Joe’s Super Spinach salad is my most visited post and yet you are the first person to comment, so I really appreciate hearing from you! If you do make it, let me know how you like it.

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Julia May 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! This is my favorite salad at Trader Joes, but since moving I have to drive an hour and a half to the nearest one and I crave this between trips!

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mary May 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Thanks, Julia, I love hearing from readers, it makes me really happy to know that the recipes are helpful!

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Jen June 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thanks for posting this – just had it for the first time after my first visit to TJ’s yesterday and loved it. Now I’m looking forward to making this at home.

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mary June 9, 2012 at 12:13 am

Hi Jen, I’ll bet you’ll be back to TJ’s, I shop there a lot and I like their prices on things like organic produce. Thanks for letting me know that you’re going to try the recipe! If you have any feedback after you try it, please stop by again.

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Joy September 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

LOVE this salad!!! The carrot miso dressing is so good! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I’ll definately make it at home now.

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mary mary September 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for commenting, Joy, I loved hearing from you!

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karen October 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I was looking for a spinach salad that would allow me to use up my cranberries and this is it!
Also shared it with my daughter via your email “share” button …
thanks!
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mary mary October 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for letting me know, Jen, I like hearing where this recipe is getting to!
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Elaine November 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I LOVE the TJ’s Super Spinach salad. In fact, I’m about to have some for lunch. I am determined to make this as part of Thanksgiving dinner, and will try your recipe before then. I wish you listed the uncooked amount of quinoa and chickpeas to use. My only bones with the salad is the tomatoes–they don’t really go with the rest of the salad. But since I love the color, I’m going to use chopped red pepper. Thank you so much for this delicious-looking recipe.

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mary mary November 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for commenting, Elaine! Quinoa expands about three times from raw to cooked, so about a half a cup of quinoa would yield 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa. I haven’t checked that exactly, I have only cooked a pot of quinoa and used part of it for the recipe. Beans expand about 2 1/2 times their size when cooked, which mean it would only take between 1/3 and 1/2 cups of raw chickpeas to make a cup of cooked chickpeas. With all the soaking and simmering required it probably wouldn’t make sense to cook such a small amount of beans. I’d make a bigger pot of chickpeas (perhaps using my basic chickpea recipe) and use or freeze the remainder for other purposes. Or else I would use canned chickpeas, even though they are not quite as good. Let me know how the recipe works out for you, I’m curious to know!

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Courtney January 18, 2013 at 3:26 am

I made this a couple of weeks ago and loved it!! It tasted just like the TJ’s version, only better and more fresh. Saved me a lot of money too! Thank you for posting.

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mary mary January 18, 2013 at 3:42 am

Hey, thanks for letting me know, Courtney, I appreciate hearing from you! Glad it was a hit and saved you some money!
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