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Tomato Spinach Quinoa Salad

This easy to make tomato spinach quinoa salad is such an simple side dish ready in just minutes. Full of fresh summer ingredients and an easy homemade dressing, there are no more questions about what's for dinner! Gluten free, vegan, simple dinner recipe.
Course dinner, Lunch, Main, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 -4
Calories 289 kcal
Author Bites of Wellness

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa about 1/3 cup dry cooked with 2/3 cup water
  • 1 medium heirloom tomato chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 2-3 large handfuls spinach chopped
  • 10-12 leaves basil chopped

White Balsamic Dressing

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 4-5 tbs. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2-4 tbs. water
  • pinch salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa. Add quinoa and water to a pot and cook covered over medium heat for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.*
  2. While quinoa is cooking, chop tomato, red onion and spinach.
  3. Make the dressing
  4. *This recipe works best with cold or room temperature quinoa, but can be made with hot quinoa, but spinach might wilt.

White balsamic Dressing

  1. In a small jar with a lid, add the olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, herbs and pinch of salt. Put lid on tightly and shake vigerously for 10-15 seconds. The oil and vinegar should emulsify and become a cohesive dressing. You can also add 1/4 tsp. dijon musttard if you are having trouble getting the oil and vinegar to mix. Taste and add water and pepper.

  2. Chop basil right before serving. Add tomato, red onion, spinach and dressing to quinoa. Stir to combine. Serve immediately or within 1-2 hours.

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe paleo and Whole30 friendly, you can use cauliflower rice in place of the quinoa!

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Spinach Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 380mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 14.8%
Vitamin C 13.2%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.