Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Salad Dressings, Vinaigrettes – sure, you can buy them; Ranch, Italian, what have you. But then the total number of ingredients in your salad bowl will jump from, say, ten to well over forty and include a bunch of long, scary ones you’d never want to pronounce. Making your own salad dressing is easy and it will beat the store-bought kind. (Ranch dressing is basically mayonnaise with sour cream, a couple of herbs, garlic, salt+pepper and thinned with a bit of water or milk.) I won’t bore you with vinaigrette mixology; this is all to say that you should check for recipes for your favorite dressing before just going out and buying a bottle. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to make at home.

The vinaigrette for one of my favorite salads has only 3 ingredients; oil, lemon juice and soy sauce.
The salad part also has 3 ingredients; baby spinach, quinoa and sesame seeds.

It’s so easy, but trust me, it’s all good.
I usualy make this for lunch, but it could also go very well with any meat or fish.

Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette
• 1/2 cup sunflower oil
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix all ingredients.

• 6 good handfuls of baby spinach
• 3 cups cooked quinoa (that’s about 1 cup uncooked, cook in stock for more flavor)
• 1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds (roast them in a pan or in the oven)

Mix all ingredients.

Stir in the vinaigrette with the salad only a couple of minutes before serving, to keep the spinach crispy.


4 Comments on “Spinach and Quinoa Salad”

  1. Beth says:

    I love these types of simple meals for lunch, and I also love that I already have all of these ingredients in my kitchen. Lovely photos as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks amazing, I love everything about it!

  3. Alex says:

    Open Sesame! This is one of my favourite salads now!

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