Lemony Spinach Quinoa Bean Salad Recipe

Before hiking yesterday with Matt, I whipped up this delicious Lemony Spinach Quinoa Bean Salad for us to eat for lunch on the trail.


It was so good and so quick and simple to make I decided I just HAD to share the recipe :) This would be awesome for a packed lunch at work, too!


Lemony Spinach Quinoa Bean Salad

(serves 2)


  • 1/2 C uncooked quinoa, prepared as directed on package
  • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 C olive oil
  • 1 C kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/8 C crumbled feta cheese (duh)
  • 2 C fresh baby spinach, steamed in microwave
  • Garlic powder, ground coriander, and salt and pepper to taste


1) Cook quinoa as directed on package (will take about 15 minutes).

2) While you’re waiting, toss the spinach in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute to steam it.

3) Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer to a bowl and add all the other ingredients to it! Just stir and enjoy — serve warm or cold, both are delicious :)

And don’t forget the seasonings to taste — they make this dish!


In other news, leftover yogurt containers are awesome for packing up salads to eat on the go :)


I usually reuse my larger yogurt containers once or twice before recycling them!


So, guess what?!?!?

I just finished my last final exam and am officially DONE with my first year of graduate school!!! YAY! So crazy… seems like just yesterday I was announcing my big decision to attend UNC!

I’m off to RELAX, go shopping with the girls, and enjoy a day without any sort of studying :) Have a good one, friends!


p.s. Check out the fANNEtastic Facebook page for a fun Barney Butter almond butter giveaway! Up for grabs is a box of 12 Barney Butter single serving squeeze packets of almond butter, which are the BEST for traveling — so convenient! If you enter the contest you’ll automatically receive a $2.00 off coupon for any of their products, too :)


  1. 1

    Yess! I love that you took pictures of the salad in your yogurt containers! :)

    Looks delish I love using red quinoa, in fact I rarely use the regular! :)

  2. 2

    I might have to try this with black beans… and maybe some pineapple!

    Congrats on completing year one!

  3. 3

    I just read in Better Homes and Gardens that those types of yogurt containers leach when they are washed and should not be reused. I used to use them as well, but then I read the article! Don’t want to be taking in and toxins :)

  4. 5

    I’ll be making this tonight! Thanks for posting it!

  5. 6

    Congratulations Anne on completing your first year.
    How on earth do you think up these odd recipes that are so delicious?
    If they check, the yogurt containers are probably made in China. But, I am 61 and have used plastic containers to store food in all my life and I am still here.

  6. 7

    Wow, I can’t believe your 1st year of Grad School is over?

    Congratulations, I’m so proud of you!!!

  7. 8

    I LOVE easy meals like this! I made a warm kale salad a few weeks ago and served it over lemony quinoa. The lemon adds such a bite of freshness!

  8. 9

    Yum. It’s definitely been far too long since I’ve had quinoa in a salad. Now that weather is warming up here I think it’s time.

  9. 10

    that’s a good easy recipe! i like how you’re heavy on the lemon juice and not just a squeeze. are you still gone this weekend? i come in on friday around early afternoon.
    i use empty yogurt containers as bottom of the jar meals.

    • 11

      Yeah – I’ll be up in DC from Thursday until Sunday night. I’m sorry to miss you! Enjoy the weekend in beautiful Chapel Hill :)

  10. 12

    Congrats on your first year! I love that you make a nice healthy salad to go hiking, not just pb&j :)

  11. 13

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe–it looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make it. I usually eat quinoa with black beans, but it’s great to know that it’s also great with kidney beans. Congratulations on finishing your first year of graduate school!!

  12. 14

    Congratulations on completing the year, Anne. Well done on that — and on the delicious-looking snack you whipped up before the hike. Most impressive!

    Does training for the tri start in earnest now? What date is it, again?

    • 15

      It’s on July 24th! Since we’re just doing it for fun, though, we’re not really going to be hardcore training or anything, I’ll basically just be doing what I’ve been doing and take up the biking and swimming a notch :) I am going shopping for some sort of tri shorts/tri suit next week though!

  13. 16

    Congrats on finishing your first year!!!!

  14. 17

    Congrats on being DONE! :-)

  15. 18

    Congratulations on finishing your first year of grad school! What an awesome accomplishment! Have a fun day!

  16. 19

    Congrats! I also use empty yogurt containers to carry my work lunches.

  17. 20

    I’ve never made a quinoa salad with spinach before. This looks delish. And congrats on ur first yr of grad school 😀

  18. 21

    A lemony salad like this sounds perfect for the warmer temperatures we’re finallllly starting to get in New England.

  19. 22

    What a great summer salad… and um, BRILLIANT use of the yogurt cups.

  20. 23

    I love how simple this recipe is, yet it’s positively mouthwatering! Also, I love reusing containers to store food. including jars!

  21. 24
    Jen Robinson says:

    Congratulations on finishing your first year- how time flies! I feel like it was just yesterday you were talking about starting :)

  22. 25

    I was just saying how I needed a new quinoa recipe to fall in love with. Thank you for sharing! 😀

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    Colette says:

    Just awesome for after the gym!

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