Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa & Cheese

http://greenlitebites.com/2012/11/30/trail-mix-spinach-salad-quinoa-cheese/

Sometimes my food ideas come from strange places and motivations.

Yesterday I realized I needed to post one more Laughing Cow idea this month. So I wanted to come up a with a fun cheese inspired lunch. Then I opened the pantry and saw the quinoa. I don’t know why I don’t use it more, it’s SO good! My brain starts churning…

Why not cook some up, and toss with a cube of cheese. Oh! I know I’ll add in some dried cranberries. They go so good with Mini Babybel Light. Oh poo! Only a few dried cranberries left. Hmmm I can add a couple of raisins to make up the difference. You know what goes good with cheese and raisins? Sunflower seeds. Hey this is starting to sound like trail mix. Why don’t I add in some almonds. Oh look at that! I have dried apricots!

Before I knew it I was eating this…

Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa & Cheese

And it was out of this world good!

Every bite was like a little surprise. Sometimes a creamy cube of cheese, sometimes a sweet raisin, sometimes both! The texture of quinoa coated spinach leaves with my simple dressing was great by itself but the variety of textures and flavors was a fun twist. Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa

Here’s what I did.

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (43g)
  • 4oz of chicken broth (water would be fine)
  • 2 cups of raw spinach (85g)
  • 10g of dried cranberries
  • 1 Mini Babybel Light cut into cubes
  • 10g of Raisins
  • 15g of Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 apricots chopped
  • 5 almonds chopped
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt

Put the quinoa and broth in a small pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and lower to a simmer.

While that’s cooking prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa & Cheese - ingredients

Place the spinach, vinegars, honey and pinch of salt in a bowl. Once all the broth is absorbed by the quinoa, add it to the bowl of spinach and toss. The leaves will wilt a little and everything will be coated in the dressing.

Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa & Cheese - step 1

Add the dried fruit, seeds and nuts.

Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa & Cheese - step 2

Toss everything together and enjoy!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
445 16g 8g old: 9 new: 12
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
26g 3g 63g 18g

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  1. Raimee

    This sounds fabulous!!!! Just beginning to cook with quinoa in our home and having a tough time finding it in the stores. Heading to the new Trader Joes next week… Fingers crossed!!
    Love your posts and your sense of humor ;) that being said LOL check out where you found the quinoa…. (Panty….. Instead of pantry ;) ) I’m trying not laugh loudly as I am up feeding my four month old LOL that is so something I would do!!!
    Have a great day!

  2. roni

    OMG lol Thanks for the heads up. I read that post at least 5 times, never caught it never would have. I’m such a bad editor!

    Trader Joe’s will defintily have quinoa. That’s where I first found it too.

    Good luck!

  3. Lynda

    This salad looks so yummy…I love how you come up with a meal just based on what you have on hand and it all works. I enjoy your videos also…great website:)

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