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Spinach Quinoa Salad With Beets

If you’re looking for a bold, colorful, earthy, nutritious, textured side dish, this spinach quinoa salad with beets might just fit the bill. It’s mixed with apple and avocado, then dressed with a light honey Dijon dressing for great flavors and a beautiful presentation.

Vibrant Beet, Spinach and Quinoa Salad. Colourful, nutritious and versatile with nuts, apples and goat cheese.

The salad is filling and substantial and can easily be served alone with a protein.  In fact, it can also be served as a vegetarian main dish topped with some goat cheese and chopped roasted nuts. I like it with warm quinoa.

I can’t recall the magazine where I saw a version of this salad, but I know it was the beautiful colors that attracted me – deep purple-red from the beets and bright green from the spinach. Needless to say, the beets turn the quinoa, apple and avocado pink, adding to the varied red hues. Gorgeous!

The core ingredients are cooked beets, spinach and quinoa. After that, it’s up to you. I use diced apple, avocado, roasted nuts and a simple honey Dijon dressing. My preference is a slightly sweet dressing with this salad. The variations, of course, are endless.

Ultimately, this is a quick, eye-popping easy salad that will dress up your table or be appreciated at a Potluck. Try serving it with Roast Turkey Breast or Roast Chicken Breast with Gravy.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Substitute baby spinach with baby arugula or baby kale.
  • Try adding other shredded, spiralized or chopped vegetables like carrots, snap peas, cabbage.
  • Any roasted chopped nuts will work – almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts.
  • Use a different dressing such as Poppy Seed or Orange Vinaigrette.
  • Garnish with nuts, goat cheese and/or chopped green onions or chives.

Shortcuts

  • Use a store-bought salad dressing.  In a pinch, I use creamy Italian with a touch of added sugar.
  • Buy pre-cooked shredded/julienne beets.
  • Use left over quinoa.

Make Ahead Spinach Quinoa Salad

  • This salad is great the next day for lunch, although the greens become less vibrant. To make ahead, add dressing at least half hour before to meld the flavors.  Add garnish like goat cheese and nuts before serving.
Vibrant Beet, Spinach and Quinoa Salad. Colourful, nutritious and versatile with nuts, apples and goat cheese.
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Spinach Quinoa Salad With Beets

If you're looking for a bold, colorful, earthy, nutritious, textured side dish, this Spinach Quinoa Salad with beets might just fit the bill. It's mixed with apple and avocado, then dressed with a light honey Dijon dressing for great flavors and a beautiful presentation. 
Total Time12 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 (or 3 more substantial sides)
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

For Salad

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa Note 1
  • 2 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded or julienne cooked beets
  • 1 small apple (or 1/2 large), cored and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: roasted pecans or other nuts, chopped; crumbled goat cheese

For Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider (or white wine) vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch each: salt, pepper, garlic powder (or to taste)

Instructions

  • MAKE THE DRESSING: Combine all dressing ingredients in a tightly sealed container/jar and shake well. Or, whisk well until combined.
  • ASSEMBLE SALAD: [If you are cutting avocado and apple ahead of assembly time, sprinkle with lemon to avoid browning]. Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl. Add part of the dressing. Toss. Add more dressing if needed. Garnish with chopped nuts and/or goat cheese if desired.

Notes

  1. To make quinoa: Rinse 1/2 cup quinoa in a strainer for 2 minutes. Put in pot. Add 3/4 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat to boiling, stir, cover, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and rest 5 minutes.  Cool.
  2. Make Ahead: The salad is great the next day for lunch, although the greens become less vibrant green. To make ahead, add dressing at least half hour before to meld the flavors.  Add garnish like goat cheese and nuts before serving.
 
Nutrition value estimates do not include optional garnishes. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Spinach Quinoa Salad With Beets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1482IU30%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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