This quinoa salad recipe is made with cooked quinoa, artichoke hearts, spinach leaves, tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped walnuts and scallion greens. We are going to make delicious balsamic vinaigrette to dress it. You can add goat or Feta cheese to this is you want but it will no longer be vegan.
Quinoa is an Andean grain that is loaded in nutrients. It has a great amount of protein, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. It is in fact a super food. If you do not know how to cook it How to Cook Quinoa.
This salad is full of flavor, tons of nutrients and fiber. It is super clean and very easy to make.
Here is what you are going to need for this delicious quinoa salad recipe:
FOR THE DRESSING:
1 garlic clove – peeled
1/3rd cup balsamic vinegar
1/3rd cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Smash and mince the garlic clove. Sprinkle with a little salt and mash it with the back of a spoon until you have a paste.
Place the vinegar in a small bowl and add the garlic paste, salt and pepper. Whisk.
Start adding the olive oil very slowly as you whisk continuously. So not stop whisking until you have added it all to the bowl. Taste for salt and adjust as necessary.
FOR THE SALAD:
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup chopped spinach leaves
2 medium tomatoes – seeded and chopped
1 medium cucumber – peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts (drained)
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 TBS scallion greens
Feta or goat cheese (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat well.
Serve and enjoy.
Salad no cheese – CALORIES 392.28; FAT 26.92 g (sat 2.88; mono 10.85; poly 2.92); PROTEIN 7.89 g; FIBER 5.19 g; Carbohydrates 29.92 g; CHOLESTEROL 0.00 mg; IRON 2.76 mg; SODIUM 687.07 mg; Calcium 50.41 mg