3/3/14

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa

Ready for a hearty salad, bursting with flavor?  This one does not disappoint. It is sweet from the strawberries, tart from the apples, savory from the caramelized onion, and hearty from the quinoa. Finally it has a nice crunch from the pecans. Vitamin packed and absolutely delicious. For this recipe, I would suggest all organic produce as these in particular are highly sprayed with pesticides conventionally.


For the salad:
4 cups baby spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
1  sweet onion, sliced
1  green apple, diced
1/2 cup raw pecans
1 cup quinoa
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup water
2 T butter

For the dressing:
Juice from 2 oranges (about 1/2 cup)
2 T fractionated coconut oil or olive oil
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 clove grated garlic
zest from one organic orange
1 T coconut sugar, honey, or coconut nectar (optional)
Whisk well to combine.

Assembly:

Slice the onion in thin strips. Add the butter to a fry pan and let the onions work out their wonderful sweet sugars for 20 min covered, on low. While the scent of frying onions are making everyone hungry, combine the the quinoa, coconut milk, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer for 12 min.

Add all the fruits veggies to a large bowl and toss. Add the onion and quinoa once they have cooled to room temp. Smother in the citrus lime dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

 
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30 comments:

  1. I love quinoa but have never tried it in a salad! Glad to have found your post on the MMM Party!
    -Nancy On The Home Front

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  2. I hope you get a chance to try it. I like the extra texture!

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  3. Spinach salad is a good alternative to lettuce. At least, from how it appears in color and taste, I assume it's much more nutrient-packed.

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    1. Yes, but when I eat it, I miss the wonderful crunch of lettuce.

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  4. Found you on the Turn it Up Tuesday Link Up, and this looks amazing, I love coconut anything, and with the protein of the quinoa this is a meal salad. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting. I hope it this recipe makes it onto your table soon!

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  5. Yum! The sounds completely delicious!! I'm almost ashamed to admit I still haven't tried quinoa - I cringe each time I see the price and it never ends up in my cart... I'm pinning this recipe for when I finally jump aboard the quinoa train!

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    1. I have had it for over a year. Finally decided to try it out. I found it a little less expensive in the bulk bins, then I can just buy a bit to test it out. That might work for you.

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  6. I really need to try some more quinoa recipes! So far I have just tried soup

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    1. Oh, I am intrigued Jennifer. I have never tried it in soup. Off to Pinterest I go!

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  7. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for linking up with the Let's Get Real party. I am pinning it to our group Pinterest board.

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  8. This sounds *perfect* for Spring!!! I love that strawberry salad they have at Panera, so this is perfect for me! Thanks for linking up at Nomday Monday!

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  9. G'day! Never cooked or baked with quinoa to date!
    Your photo and recipe look great!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. I don't get many compliments on photos, and every one brings me joy!! Thanks so much!

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  10. Happy Friday Janine. I really enjoy salads with spinach and strawberries. They are a great combination. I haven't added quinoa to the mix before. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Let's Get Real Friday Link Pary. I'm pinning and adding to Google +. I hope you join us again soon.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing Nicky! I hope you enjoy it.

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  11. Love your recipe! Such healthy ingredients and sounds so delicious. I have always loved strawberries.

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  12. I had quinoa for the first time last Fall and thought it was delicious. I would never thought of using it in a salad! What a fabulous recipe and I love the combination of flavors and ingredients it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop!

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  13. What a beautiful salad and so wholesome too! The quinoa would give such a lovely texture and the dressing sounds fantastic as well. Thank you for sharing your Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa with us at the Hearth and Soul hop, Janine!

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    1. The dressing is definitely a winner! Thanks for your kind comments.

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  14. This looks so yummy!!! I am featuring this tomorrow on my blog for Tuesdays with a twist, please come by tomorrow for a peek. Thanks and have a great evening.

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  15. Hi Janine,
    I am a huge salad lover so how can I resist this amazing salad that features the sweetness of strawberries, the tart taste of apples, plus caramelized onion and the textures of quinoa and pecans. Each mouthful will be a little blend of flavor-heaven! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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  16. Thanks for linking this up to From the Farm! This has been chosen as one of this week's favorites ;)

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  17. This looks really good, but for some reason I have a hard time with fruit in my salad. Maybe I'll take the leap with this love strawberries.

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    1. My brother is the same way. Fruits and veggies do not mix!

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  18. YUM, this salad has me gearing up for summer! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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