Healthy Meal Prep
Make-Ahead Spinach Salad in a Jar Recipe

Make-Ahead Spinach Salad in a Jar


Prep these salads once and eat for the week! Make sure to firmly pack the spinach into each jar and they will stay fresh all week. Also a great use for leftover quinoa!


  • 5 (16 oz) pint jars
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup light olive oil
  • ⅔ cup dried cherries
  • ½ 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.

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Nutritional Information

Make-Ahead Spinach Salad in a Jar

Servings Per Recipe: 5
Calories: 396.2
% Daily Value *
protein: 22 %
carbohydrates: 13 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 21 %
fat: 35 %
saturated fat: 26 %
cholesterol: 4 %
vitamin a iu: 62 %
niacin equivalents: 21 %
vitamin b6: 17 %
vitamin c: 22 %
folate: 33 %
calcium: 11 %
iron: 17 %
magnesium: 39 %
potassium: 12 %
sodium: 9 %
thiamin: 14 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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