Strawberry, Quinoa and Chopped Spinach Salad

strawberry, quinoa and chopped spinach salad

My second recipe in my Fresh Vegetarian column for Taste Magazine is up! I could go on about this strawberry and spinach salad (it’s delicious, try it) or tell you about my mishaps in the kitchen this week (there have been many), but I all I really want to say is this: thank you.

Thank you, readers, for your presence and encouraging comments. Thank you, family and friends, for your love and support. Thank you, internet, for presenting so many wonderful opportunities. Thank you, modern science, for allowing me to donate stem cells to a young man with leukemia last year. He is graduating from college this weekend and I couldn’t be happier for him. Thank you, God and universe, for this good fortune. I’m just overflowing with gratitude and all I can say is thank you.

Strawberry, Quinoa and Chopped Spinach Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 1
A summery, healthy one-bowl meal. Amounts listed below yield one big serving of salad.
Dressing ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon shallot, finely chopped
Salad ingredients:
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa, warmed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
  • black pepper and sea salt, to taste
  • ⅔ cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pecan pieces
  1. Cook the quinoa: Note that 1 cup of dry quinoa yields over 3 cups cooked quinoa. Rinse the quinoa well in a mesh colander, then combine the rinsed quinoa with twice as much water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed, remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. Make the dressing: In a small jar, combine the ingredients listed below. Either use a fork to whisk the ingredients well or screw a lid on the jar and give it a few good shakes. Taste the dressing and adjust the flavors if necessary (add vinegar for a more tart dressing, or maple syrup for a sweeter dressing). Set the dressing aside.
  3. Toast the pecans: In a small pan over medium heat, toast your pecan pieces until they are fragrant and golden (stir often). This should take around five minutes.
  4. In a bowl, mix together ¾ cup or more of warm quinoa with the goat cheese, salt and pepper. Mix in the strawberries and spinach, drizzle with as much dressing as desired, and mix well. Top with pecan pieces. Enjoy!


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  1. Blog is the New Blac says

    It’s like you read my mind- I was just thinking I want a big salad with quinoa in it! This looks terrific.

  2. says

    I am so very excited to give you a real world hug in just a few weeks! Your Saveur nom was SO well-deserved. Let’s celebrate with strawberries! x

  3. says

    Kathryne, I made something similar for dinner tonight because I got so inspired by this beautiful dish. Substituted quinoa for wheat berries and used a strawberry and grape combo then feta instead of goat. :)

  4. says

    I love strawberries in salad, so this is perfect! By the way, my sister-in-law was looking for some new recipes the other day, so we went through your archives – SO many amazing things! I’m making those mini blackberry cobblers ASAP! :)

    • says

      Love that you shared my blog with your sister in law! Thank you, Shoko. I made those mini cobblers so long ago, I think it’s time to make some more! They would be so great served with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on top.

  5. Jenny says

    I made this for lunch today and it was absolutely one of the best salads I have ever made. Wow, so much great flavor, texture, and awesomeness. I am already looking forward to having it again for lunch tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing this and all of your lovely recipes.

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad, Jenny! Thank you for commenting and letting me know, I really appreciate your feedback.

  6. says

    Kate, This salad looks delicious! I would never have thought of strawberries and quinoa, but we’ll have to give it a try now that strawberries are starting to come into season in Indiana!

    Also, thank you for donating stem cells – I had no idea! Thank you for giving to such a worthy cause.

  7. peanut says

    This is definitely one of our favourites this summer. Making it again today and looking forward to it a lot! ^.^

  8. Liliana says

    I came here following a google search for “strawberry quinoa spinach salad”. And wound up signing the registry. thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Anna says

    I used this as inspiration to cook a roast med veg, quinoa and goat’s cheese salad tonight – your dressing made it! Absolutely lovely.

  10. Rose says

    How many people does this recipe serve? Or if preparing just for myself, how many servings will I get from this?

    Love all your recipes, makes it easy to eat healthy!

    • says

      Hi Rose, I’m sorry those details are missing from the recipe. Just fixed that. The ingredients as listed yield one big salad, enough for a one-bowl meal.

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