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Leftover Salmon Spinach Salad
with quinoa and tomatoes

Active: 20 minTotal: 20 min

This dinner will come together in a flash since we're using our leftover salmon (or lentils for our vegetarians) from Monday. While this is a simple, lazy meal, its colors and tangy dressing make it feel and taste like something special (and no one needs to know how easy it was!).



Salmon and Spinach Salad:
  • Shallots - 1 Tbsp, diced
  • Roma tomatoes - 4, diced
  • Quinoa - 2/3 cups, uncooked ((Sub 2 cups of cooked quinoa))
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Red wine or sherry vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 1/4 cup
  • Leftover cooked salmon - 1 lb
  • Baby spinach - 6 oz
  • Walnuts - 1/2 cup, chopped

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  1. Shallots - Dice. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Tomatoes - Dice.
  3. Quinoa - If not made from Monday, combine quinoa with 2x the amount of water (or stock if you prefer) in a saucepan. Add in some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)


  1. Whisk together shallots, Dijon, vinegar, and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. If it’s too tart, you can add a bit of your preferred sweetener.
  2. If you want your salmon warmed up, you can do so in the microwave (look for that reheat button) or in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Toss together salmon, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts, and quinoa. Dress with vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

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This meal has 5 reviews

I did not make the quinoa because my husband does not like it, but I didn't miss it. Loved the dressing. Added a bit of mozzarella cheese I happened to have and some glazed pecans. Also added a bit of balsamic vinegar to dressing. Pretty looking salad with the pink of the salmon, red tomatoes and green spinach. We loved it!

By: Claudia
Posted: Apr 30, 2014
Diet: Original

love this - came together really fast - great weeknight meal (and 2/3 of the kids loved it - the other is still learning to like leafy greens)!

By: Cindy
Posted: Apr 25, 2014
Diet: Original

Wish I had added some feta.

By: Allison
Posted: Apr 25, 2014
Diet: Original

A little bland, but will be good in lunches for the next few days (Made a lot!)

By: Emily
Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Diet: Vegetarian

A bit bland and honestly a bit underwhelming, not my favorite.

By: Jamie
Posted: Apr 19, 2014
Diet: Original