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.
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.
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.
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.
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 it 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!
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- 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.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 409kcal Calories from fat 292|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 32g||49%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||32%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
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