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Quinoa Salad with Melon and Spinach

1/2 pound spinach, preferably baby leaves
1 cup watermelon balls or cubes
1 cup honeydew balls or cubes
1 cup cantaloupe balls or cubes
1 cucumber, cut in 1/2" pieces
1 small red onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked quinoa (see note below)
1/4 cup honey mustard salad dressing

Wash and drain the spinach and remove any tough stems. If the leaves are large, take a handful and roll them up, then slice into 1/4" - 1/2" strips. Repeat until all of the spinach is cut up. Mix the spinach with the remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

4-6 servings

Note: Quinoa is a tiny bird-seed-shaped whole grain that cooks quickly (about 20 minutes in a steamer). It makes a good substitute for couscous and delicious in salads. It's available in many supermarkets; look for a small blue-green box. If you can't find it, use cooked barley instead.

June 8th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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