Happy Sunday! Sundays are my day for prepping lunches for work throughout the week. My criteria for meal prep basically comes down to this: easy, quick and nutritious. One of my favourite go-to meals to prep is a quinoa spinach power salad bursting with tomatoes, cucumbers and raisins, dressed with a lemon vinaigrette. It's refreshing, it's colourful, and it's extremely good for you.
This salad is a fit-for-all salad. It satisfies almost every diet. It's gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, you name it!! So is that why I call this a power salad? Nope. The reason that this salad is a power salad is because it is packed with so many nutrients you wouldn't believe.
What is in Quinoa Spinach Salad?
This salad pretty much makes for a complete meal. And although it is complete in itself, you can consider this a "base" salad. Add any ingredients that you want to it. Some great additions include: avocado, kale and apples. Somehow whatever you add to this works! Just remember that if you are adding lots of ingredients, you may need to double up on the vinaigrette.
Quinoa is a super food (or power food). It is a tiny grain that is extremely nutrient dense. It completely stands out from any of the other traditional grains and does not even compare. Although termed a grain, quinoa is gluten-free and is not even part of the same plant family as wheat, oats, barley, or rye.
There are so many health benefits to quinoa consumption that to list them all would take up this entire blog post! So I will keep it brief. One of the main features of quinoa is its high protein content. It contains all the essential amino acids required and thus serves as a complete protein source. It is also a great source of healthy fats, fiber, B vitamins and other minerals.
But quinoa is not the only super food in this salad. That's right, there is not just one super food, but two!! Spinach is another amazing super food. I list the many health benefits of spinach in my gomae spinach salad post.
- for the lemon vinaigrette - lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper
How to Make the Best Quinoa Spinach Power Salad
- Cook the quinoa. In a medium bowl, rinse the quinoa a few times. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of salted water. Add the quinoa and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Drain the quinoa and let it cool.
- Combine the salad ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins and cooled quinoa.
- Prepare the lemon vinaigrette. In a small bowl, make your lemon vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat.
- Serve. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.
Tips on Making Quinoa Spinach Salad
- This salad is so easy to make and it lasts several days in the fridge. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
More Salad Recipes
- Apple Walnut Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad
- Strawberry Avocado Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
- Winter Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
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Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1 large salad
- Diet: Vegan
Take a bite into this refreshing, gluten-free quinoa spinach salad bursting with colourful tomatoes, cucumbers and raisins dressed with a lemon vinaigrette.
- ½ cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ cup cucumbers, diced
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1 + ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 + ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a medium bowl, rinse the quinoa a few times. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of salted water. Add the quinoa and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Drain the quinoa and let it cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins and cooled quinoa.
- In a small bowl, make your lemon vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat.
- Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Assemble
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keywords: quinoa salad, quinoa spinach salad, spinach salad, power salad, quinoa recipes
Elisa H says
The best quiona salad I have ever tasted…added dried cherries in addition to raisins, absolutely delish!
Delish! I added a pepper too and a little bit of oregano to the vinaigrette! I am now in charge of making this salad for birthdays!