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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.

New goal: write recipe drafts before attempting to make a recipe.

This recipe marks the first time I’ve actually written out a recipe before creating it. Typically, I create as I go but I found out writing a recipe draft before dragging out the ingredients makes recipe developing much easier. Visit Healthy Seasonal Recipes to learn the 5 Ways to write better recipes.

Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa

Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 3 Cups
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 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 1/2 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 1/2 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:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380 Total Fat: 20g Sodium: 111mg Carbohydrates: 43g Sugar: 17g Protein: 10g

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

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


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38 comments on “Baby Greens Salad with Quinoa”

  1. 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. :)

  2. Great flavors and textures in this salad. Love that vinaigrette!

  3. Great tips on the vinaigrette front! And this salad, wow Julie… seriously sounds incredible!

  4. This is such a gorgeous salad! I love the flavor combo!

  5. Hi Julie! This is a great salad, and I love all the flavors!

  6. Wish I had this salad sitting in front of me for lunch! Love the honey balsamic vinaigrette!

  7. SUCH stunning photos! Really love this salad, so fresh and springy :)

  8. I am all over this super tasty looking salad! Love all the healthy proteins in it and of course you can’t go wrong with some gorgonzola!

  9. You did wonderful!!! Great tips, great pictures and fabulous salad!

  10. That salad looks SO yummy and delicious!! Pinned :)

  11. 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!

  12. Julie, this is exactly what I want to be eating . . like all week!!! love all of your tips on making vinaigrettes!!! love this!! beautiful!!!

  13. This salad looks so hearty and flavorful – I wish I had this for lunch right now!

  14. That is a seriously tasty salad you made there for Salad Monday! :) The red quinoa and dried cherries are especially interesting ingredients! Pinned!

  15. Great tips for making vinaigrettes! This salad sounds like the perfect go-to lunch. I love quinoa with greens!

  16. Such a pretty salad! Perfect for spring!

  17. 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!

    • 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!

  18. This looks like an amazing salad! YUM!!!

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