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July 7, 2015

by Alyssa Rimmer

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa

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This delicious strawberry spinach salad is made with toasted quinoa and chopped almonds, then topped with a fresh honey-lime + mint dressing.

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So much goodness is happening in this bowl.

Strawberries + spinach + almonds + toasted quinoa. All drizzled with a minty honey-lime dressing. Pretty much sums up everything I love about summer in one giant salad.

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Remember when I told you on Sunday that I might start adding fruit to more of our main meals? Yep. It’s happening. Let’s just roll with it.

Because we’re deep in the middle of strawberry season, and I’m a total strawberry girl at heart.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoWhy summer is awesome: picking and eating fresh strawberries!

Fun fact: picking strawberries used to be one of my favorite summer activities, but now that we live in NYC…strawberry fields are not so plentiful. Thank goodness for farmer’s markets. They’re seriously a life saver this time of year.

Okay, back to this salad.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoThis is the BEST and TASTIEST summertime salad ever! With strawberries, spinach and toasted quinoa is healthy and flavorful!

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logoHoney, Lime + Mint Dressing pour over a healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad - so good!

I was a little unsure of how the strawberry spinach salad thing would work. I had this grand vision in my head of what it would be, so pulling off the flavors on my first try? Highly unlikely. BUT it totally happened. Sheer luck.

Over anything in this whole dish, it’s the dressing that really makes this salad shine. It reminds me of a mojito but without all the sweetness. It’s tart, light, and refreshing. I could almost drink it but that would be gross.

And when you mix it with strawberries? Kind of perfect. And then on top of some spinach, tossed with some crunchy nuts and toasted quinoa? Again, perfection.

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I was so in love with the flavors of this salad that I actually it brought over to a friend’s house for dinner the next day. Thankfully it was a huge hit and that’s when I knew I needed to share!

Everyone loved the addition of fruit (even Matt who is a self-proclaimed strawberry hater <- I know I don’t like to talk about it) and the toasted quinoa… well, you know how I feel about that.

This is pretty much the ultimate summertime salad. It can be served as a side dish or even spruced up as a main course by adding in your favorite protein. It would be amazing with grilled chicken or roasted chickpeas.

Summertime eats for the win!

Xo Alyssa

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa

Strawberries + spinach + almonds + toasted quinoa. All drizzled with a minty honey-lime dressing. Pretty much sums up everything I love about summer in one giant salad.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 391kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Ingredients

  • 5 oz container fresh spinach about 6 cups
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries about 2 cups, quartered
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted quinoa cooled (check out this post for a tutorial)

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place all dressing ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, add spinach and top with strawberries, almonds and quinoa. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to two hours before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3455IU | Vitamin C: 82.7mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 3.2mg

 

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. Made this for dinner tonight and it was out of this world! I made extra toasted quinoa to use in the Totally Addicting Vegetarian Kale Salad tomorrow night!

    • Yes! I’m seriously obsessed too. I’m adding it to everything 🙂 Let me know how you like the kale salad – it’s one of my faves!! xo

  2. Love the idea of toasted quinoa on a salad! Bet it adds really nice texture and crunch.

  3. I’m going to Trader Joe’s on my way back from picking up new puppy supplies! Sounds wonderful! Toast quinoa in dry skillet, right? And watch it like mad!

    • Ahh puppies <3 And yes! Toast it in a dry skillet, tossing it around constantly until it's fragrant and popping. (and keeping a close eye on it is a must!)

    • You simply add dry, uncooked quinoa to a pan and keep the pan over medium heat, tossing/stirring constantly until the quinoa begins to pop and is fragrant. You want to watch it carefully because it’s easy to burn! I suggest doing batches of 1/4 cup of dry quinoa at at time. Let me know how it goes!

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