Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa

Today we’re going to dive into a bowl of Baby Greens Salad.

Simple and healthy Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette | This Gal Cooks

It’s fresh. It’s flavorful. It’s healthy. It’s full of quinoa, chopped walnuts, dried cherries and gorgonzola CHEESE! It’s tossed with homemade Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette.

The challenge was pretty simple: create a recipe with red quinoa and broiled oranges. This salad started with the intention of using broiled oranges in it. But I decided to do something different with the oranges and used dried cherries in this salad instead. Things that I know pair well with quinoa – dried fruits, walnuts, tangy cheese and basil – were incorporated into this recipe. A simple and flavorful vinaigrette made with honey balsamic vinegar and EVOO was used to dress the baby greens salad.

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Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa

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Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 3 Cups
  • ⅓ C + 1 tbsp uncooked red quinoa
  • 1 C baby spring mix greens
  • ¼ C chopped walnuts
  • ¼ C dried whole cherries
  • 1-2 tbsp gorgonzola
  • 1 tbsp sliced fresh basil
  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. Prepare the red quinoa. Rinse the quinoa well - Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse thoroughly for about 2 minutes, stirring with your hands as it is rinsed. Then place the quinoa in a rice cooker (or a saucepan if you are cooking on your stove) and rinse with water 2-3 times, draining after each rinse. Cook the quinoa. I cook quinoa in my rice cooker, using the same method used to cook rice. I have a small rice cooker and fill to line 1 with the amount of quinoa used for this recipe.To cook via stovetop, place the quinoa in a medium sauce pan. Add ¾ C water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the liquid is dissolved, 10-15 minutes. Once the quinoa is done cooking, place in a bowl and fluff with a fork. Allow to cool completely.
  2. Assemble the salad. Place the quinoa in a serving bowl. Toss the greens with ½ tbsp of the dressing (you can toss with more, if desired, but I don't recommend it). Place the greens over the quinoa and then top with the whole cherries, chopped walnuts, sliced fresh basil and gorgonzola cheese. Drizzle with extra dressing, if desired. Toss to combine.
nutrition calculation includes ½ tbsp of the dressing. Calorie count per 1 tbsp of dressing: 100 calories / 2g Carb / 11g Fat / 0g protein / 67mg sodium / 2g sugar
Nutrition Information
Serving size: about 1.5 C Calories: 380 Fat: 20g Carbohydrates: 43g Sugar: 17g Sodium: 111mg Protein: 10g

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  1. says

    Everything in this gorgeous bowl is just speaking my name! You totally bumped usually-boring quinoa salad up about 10 notches! Love all the greens and that vinaigrette sounds awesome! So adding this to the lunch menu. :)

    • says

      Thanks so much, Danae! And to think, I used to dislike gorgonzola. So glad I got over that because it’s so SO good!

  2. says

    This salad is gorgeous, Julie! I love all the baby greens with the red quinoa! And the honey balsamic vinaigrette sounds so light and flavorful!

  3. says

    What a beautiful-looking salad! (not to mention sexy!) The red quinoa is classy and the other ingredients complement but don’t overwhelm it. I would happily eat this salad every day for a week, I reckon … so pinning!

    • says

      Thanks so much Helen! I just recently tried red quinoa and I prefer it to the regular plain ole beige color quinoa. However, I do like both a lot!


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