Quinoa Power Salad

Posted on Oct 20 2017 - 9:51pm by Kelly
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This healthy and delicious Quinoa Power Salad is one of my new favorites! By adding quinoa to any salad, you are adding protein and healthy carbs, which will make it a more satisfying meal that won’t leave you feeling hungry. This quinoa salad includes additional superfoods like spinach and tomatoes to make it full of healthy nutrients and antioxidants. This salad is also vegan and gluten-free! The combination tastes incredibly fresh and is the perfect salad or side dish to serve at home or as a dish-to-pass.

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Here is the Recipe for the Quinoa Power Salad:

Serves: 2-4
Prep/Cook Time: 20 minutes

IngredientsYou will need:
1 cup dry quinoa
2 avocados
3 oz. baby spinach
2 cups arugula (optional)
8 oz. cherry tomatoes (I used the heirloom variety)
3 green onions

Dressing:
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt

Here’s what to do:

Cook quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together ingredients and set aside.

Quinoa Power Salad Dressing

Rough chop the spinach and arugula and place in a large bowl. Slice the green onions and halve the cherry tomatoes lengthwise, set aside.

Tomatoes and Green Onions

Dice the avocados. Here is the best way to dice an avocado: Halve the avocado and remove the seed. Using a knife, cut a criss-cross pattern through to the skin. Carefully spoon out the avocado and it will separate into perfect squares.

How to Dice an Avocado

When quinoa is done cooking, add it to the large bowl with spinach and arugula and toss. The heat from the quinoa will lightly wilt the spinach. Add the green onions, tomatoes, and dressing. Stir to combine.

Quinoa Power Salad Bowl

Add the avocado and lightly toss. Serve immediately or refrigerate for the flavors to blend.

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If you LOVE quinoa salads, check out these other healthy & delicious recipes:
Quinoa Bruschetta Kale Salad
Tropical Quinoa Salad
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad

Let me know what you think! 

— Kelly

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