When my kids starting eating solid foods, I found my eating habits changed. Who am I kidding… heck when I got married my eating habits changed! No more goat cheese and arugula salads or feta, tomato, and spinach omelets  (I’m the only egg-eater in my family).

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Contributor Post by Katie Serbinski from MomtoMomNutrition.com

I admittedly started to swap my likes for their likes because lets face it: feeding kids with particular tastes is tough. And at the end of a busy day the last thing you want is dinner on the floor or huffing and puffing at the dinner table. But sometimes, I make an exception for myself. And that’s exactly what this strawberry quinoa salad was. An exception for exceptional taste!

If your kids like quinoa, then I’d suggest trying this recipe on the whole family! And if not, there’s no shame in making it for one. I consider this salad a guilt-free, nutrient-packed main or side dish. I ate it for lunch with a couple strips of grilled chicken. It would go nicely with any grilled or baked protein. I also enjoyed it a few days later after it sat in the fridge.

Hello flavor!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

I’ve made the swap from rice to quinoa in my household for a few good reasons: quinoa has extra nutrients, such as protein, which I think is essential to not only the growth of my kiddos but it helps me feel fuller longer and I enjoy the naturally nutty flavor this whole grain provides.

Quinoa mixed with fresh berries? This salad just screams summer – and healthy. It also seems somewhat clean and fresh, which aren’t usually words in my vocabulary lately. I’m feeding both a toddler and 6 month old. You know my dinner table is messy and far from clean or fresh!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Ingredients

Salad:

1.5 cups of cooked quinoa

1 cup of strawberries, sliced

1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped

Dressing:

½ cup of olive oil

3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. To assemble the salad, place spinach, quinoa, and strawberries in a large bowl; top with the dressing and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately or store in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. Stir well before serving.

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Consider this salad a guilt-free, nutrient-packed main or side dish. It would go nicely with any grilled or baked protein. Also enjoyable a few days later after it has marinated in the fridge. Hello flavor!

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 1.5 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. To assemble the salad, place spinach, quinoa, and strawberries in a large bowl; top with the dressing and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately or store in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. Stir well before serving.
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7 Comments on Strawberry Quinoa Salad

  1. Cathy
    June 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I made this for a potluck today. All gone!
    Thanks!

    Reply
  2. Shannon Holt
    May 13, 2016 at 11:22 am (2 months ago)

    This looks so refreshing and perfect for a hot summer meal. Anything with strawberries is always a good idea!

    Shannon

    Reply
  3. Farrah
    May 13, 2016 at 6:40 am (2 months ago)

    I love this combination! 😀 I need to go get some strawberries!

    Reply
  4. Kathleen
    June 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm (1 year ago)

    That is really different, but I have to say it looks quite delicious and nutritious. I could imagine little folk loving this dish. Thanks for bringing this recipe idea to the #HomeMattersParty
    Kathleen

    Reply
  5. Jaime
    June 15, 2015 at 9:54 am (1 year ago)

    This looks so good! I have been looking for something new for my 1 yr old to eat and I think he would like this.

    Reply
  6. Sarah
    June 15, 2015 at 8:37 am (1 year ago)

    This sounds fantastic! I have some lovely strawberries in the fridge right now, begging for this salad!

    Reply
  7. Kendra
    June 11, 2015 at 8:11 am (1 year ago)

    This looks SO yummy! I have all these ingredients! Thanks for helping me know what to fix for dinner tonight!!

    Reply

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