There was the most beautiful looking spinach in my CSA delivery this week. I was determined to make a salad with it tonight and wanted to pair it with the first batch of fresh PEI strawberries. I came across the idea to pair the salad with some coconut quinoa from a great blog Sprouted Kitchen. Spinach, strawberries, oranges, coconut quinoa in a coconut orange dressing. It was fantastic!
Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Oranges and Coconut Quinoa
Serves: 2 dinner, 4 sides
For the quinoa:
1/2 cup of quinoa
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of water
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of honey dijon mustard
the zest and juice of an orange
1/4 teaspoon of salt
lots of freshly ground pepper
For the salad:
2 cups of fresh spinach
10 strawberries, sliced
1 orange, segmented
1/4 cup of your favourite nut
a handful of sprouts
1 rib of celery, diced
2 small white turnip, diced small
Begin with the quinoa, in a small sauce pot, stir together the quinoa, coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool before adding to the salad.
In a mason jar, combine the coconut milk, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, zest and juice of the orange, salt and pepper. Give it a good shake, until a smooth dressing forms.
To form the salad, begin with the spinach, a scoop of coconut quinoa in the middle. Add the strawberries, oranges, nuts, celery and top with a small amount of sprouts. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of dressing and enjoy!