Who's ready for a quick salad that is packed with all the nutrients. This baby spinach & quinoa salad is the perfect side dish (or main) that is full of yummy ingredients.
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In my opinion, all salads should be easy to prepare. After all, they are all a bunch of ingredients mixed together. And to be honest with you, the dressing deserves all the spotlight. No matter how good your salad is if the dressing sucks (or even worst, no dressing) then your salad will suck. But most probably if you nailed the dressing, you'll have a nice, yummy salad for sure.
For this salad, I chose to make an easy summer-y citrus avocado dressing. It's so refreshing as well as easy to make and it will last you in the fridge for a week. So go ahead make a big batch of this dressing and drizzle generously over this nutrition-packed salad.
What you need to make this salad
- Baby spinach - or any greens, think lettuce, arugula, and so on. For maximum flavor mix different greens together.
- Quinoa - I like to use tricolor quinoa (a mix between red, white & black quinoa), but you can use any kind you like. TIP: make the quinoa in advance and store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
- Avocado - Creamy, nice avocado. It blends perfectly with the rest of the ingredients.
- Cherry tomatoes - for a pop of color & freshness.
- Pumpkin seeds - to add a little bit of crunch. You can also use sunflower seeds or croutons.
- Citrus avocado dressing - to bring everything together.
How to make baby spinach & quinoa salad
It's so easy to make this salad, and in my opinion, all salads should be quick and easy to make!
- Cook your quinoa according to packaging instructions. Place it in the fridge so it gets cool and this way it will not warm up your salad.
- Chop and prepare all the salad ingredients. Add the baby spinach to a bowl together with the cherry tomatoes, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and the cooled down quinoa. Drizzle generously with the citrus avocado dressing and enjoy!
Tips & variations
- If there are any ingredients in this salad you don't like, simply leave it out or swap it for something that you do like. Some good examples will be chickpeas, bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers, etc.
- I like to prepare my quinoa in advance, keep it in the fridge and by the time it's completely cool I can add to my salad without warming up the salad.
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I love to see all your yummy creations! ♡
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup uncooked
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup cherrty tomatoes, halved
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, raw or toasted
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 2 tbsp citrus avocado dressing
- Cook your quinoa according to packaging instructions. After it's cooked place it in the fridge to cool down until you are ready to use.
- Add your spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, avocado, and pumpkin seeds to a bowl. Add the cooled down quinoa and drizzle generously with citrus avocado dressing. Enjoy!