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spinach quinoa with strawberry, avocado and mango

Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette

Nutritious and flavorful spinach quinoa salad bursting with mango, strawberries, avocado and a scrumptious sesame-lime vinaigrette. Tangy and sweet, it makes an amazing side or meal that’s perfect for parties.

Course Appetizer, Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword spinach quinoa salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 271 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked Ancient Harvest Quinoa
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (just from about 4 small limes)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey (agave nectar or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • pinch of salt, to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 6 cups organic baby spinach (1 bag of baby spinach), finely diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup quartered ripe strawberries
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, diced

Instructions

  1. To cook quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
  2. To make dressing: Add lime juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger and a pinch of salt to a medium bowl. Whisk together until well combined, about 20-30 seconds. Set aside.
  3. Add chopped spinach, red onion, strawberries, mango, cilantro and avocado to the quinoa and gently mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Drizzle in dressing and stir again until all ingredients are well coated with the dressing. Serve immediately or cover and place in refrigerator for later serving. I recommend adding the avocado right before serving. Makes 4 servings, about 1 heaping cup each.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.7g12%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 8.8g37%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 8.2g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.