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Spinach Quinoa Salad - full of rich healthy foods like cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, and onion. This recipe is topped with a lemon dijon vinaigrette. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Spinach Quinoa Salad

This Spinach Quinoa Salad recipe is full of rich healthy foods like cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, and onion. Quinoa is packed with protein and the spinach has tons of antioxidants. This recipe is topped with a lemon Dijon vinaigrette. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 5 ounces baby spinach about 5 cups
  • 1 avocado pitted and diced
  • 2/3 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa and 1 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool.

  2. Top spinach with quinoa, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and feta cheese.

  3. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper.  Pour dressing (or toss) over salad right before serving.

Recipe Notes

You could also add the spinach to the quinoa for the last 5 minutes of cooking if you want a wilted spinach salad and eat it warm.

Source: adapted from allrecipes. Used spinach instead of kale.