Quinoa spinach salad with lemon vinaigrette

Looking for a great salad to bring to a BBQ this Canada Day long weekend? Look for further! This light and delicious quinoa salad is made with fill-you-up protein and healthy fats that everyone will love!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 8 cups baby spinach (or arugula)
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, add lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, Dijon mustard, shallot, sea salt and pepper. Whisk together and set aside.
  2. Add cooked quinoa into large serving bowl and add baby spinach, avocado, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds.
  3. Add dressing and mix well to combine.

 

Additional ingredients that can be added into this salad include: roasted sweet potato (click here for a recipe), pea shoots, roasted red peppers, olives, almonds, roasted chickpeas (click here for a recipe), feta cheese or goat cheese.

 

Serves 4

 

Nutritional analysis: calories 480, fat 35g, carbohydrates 36g, fiber 8g, protein 11g

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