Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Oranges and Coconut Quinoa

quinoa strawberry salad

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!

quinoa salad

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