Travel Tuesday: Spinach Quinoa from Westside Market NYC

This recipe from comes from the Westside Market NYC, a top market in New York, which has been in business for almost 50 years. Their market has seen a rise in the number of people purchasing quinoa at their four locations. Quinoa’s health benefits include it being a gluten free grain, boosting brain power and having high levels of iron and calcium. Maria Zoitas, wife of Westside Market’s founder John Zoitas, the creator of the “made by Maria” line of prepared foods at the market. Here is one of Maria’s healthy creations.

About Westside Market NYC:

Established in 1965, Westside Market NYC has been deeply engrained in the fabric of Manhattan’s Upper Westside life. A rare find in the food market business, Westside Market NYC is family owned and operated in the truest sense. Born and raised on a farm in Roupakia, a village on the island of Lefkada, Greece, John Zoitas arrived in the U.S. from Greece more than 45 years ago. He brought with him a love of fresh-grown produce, authentic cooking, and a steadfast commitment to service and quality. Each of our locations enjoys a remarkably loyal following, which is no surprise; it’s a direct result of the fact that the Zoitas family takes great pride in every aspect of their business. Under the tutelage of his father John, George Zoitas has taken the reigns of Westside Market NYC and made it into the premier market it is today. Our mission is simple: to become your favorite neighborhood food market and caterer of choice by offering the highest quality foods and hard-to-find products supported by friendly, personalized, efficient service. Discover Westside Market NYC, and experience the difference! For more information visit

Spinach Quinoa

Cook Time:

20 minutes


4 to servings


8 ounces quinoa
1 bunch scallions, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1 bunch anise, finely chopped
1 bunch dill, finely chopped
6 cups water
4 cups spinach
Kosher salt and pepper


1. Saute onions, scallions and hears in olive oil Add 3 cups of water and cook 5 minutes. Add quinoa and cook 15 minutes more. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

8 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday: Spinach Quinoa from Westside Market NYC”

  1. Alison – we are definitely going to try this! One question, though — in a dish like this, where the herbs are sauteed, is there that much benefit to using fresh vs dried?

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