Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Feta and Walnuts {recipe}

Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad

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It’s the height of strawberry season, and while we think it almost a crime to do anything but eat the sweet, gorgeous things just as they are straight from the basket, we will always appreciate them as part of a classic Spinach Strawberry Salad…
strawberries in basket
We add a couple of things to our version though, for both flavor and health benefits: toasted walnuts for crunch, feta cheese for salt and tang, and cooked quinoa for protein (and makes the salad filling enough to eat as a meal). If you time it well, you can add the cooked quinoa while it’s still hot from the pot and the spinach will wilt slightly.
baby spinach
With so much flavor from feta cheese and super ripe strawberries, there isn’t a need for a complicated dressing. We simply toss everything with a little olive oil, lemon juice if the strawberries are sweeter than they are tangy, and salt and pepper.
Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad

Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Feta and Walnuts {recipe}

makes 4 starter/light salads, or two main dish salads

INGREDIENTS

4-5 generous handfuls of baby spinach (or 1 bag of DOLE Arugula), washed and very thoroughly dried
1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled, and quartered
2 cups cooked quinoa
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup toasted walnuts
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
juice from gentle squeeze of half a lemon (depending on how sweet strawberries are!)
kosher salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, cooked quinoa, quartered strawberries, half of the feta cheese, and half of the toasted walnuts. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and about ¼ teaspoon salt, and toss ingredients together again. Add more feta cheese or walnuts if needed. Taste a bite with strawberry and feta and add more olive oil, salt, and/or pepper if needed.

(Strawberries can be tart and feta cheese can be very salty, so it’s better to go light on the salt to start.)

Divide salads among plates.

Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad
this post sponsored by DOLE salads

by Sarah J. Gim on May 13, 2013 · 1 comment

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Connie May 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Made this delicious salad for a church potluck…..Everyone liked it….had none to bring home for “left overs”…..this is a GOOD thing…..had planned to make a different salad…but ran across this one….AND had all of the ingredients…..Healthy and Delicious…!!!

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