Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese

Cooking Tip: It’s a fact that oil and water hate each other. Pat lettuce completely dry before
tossing it with oil-based dressings to ensure that the leaves become fully coated instead of becoming dressing
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Wine Pairing:  2013 Early Mountain Vineyard Rosé – $15/bottle


  • ⅔ cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 2½ cups baby spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ ounces crumbled goat cheese

What You Need At Home

  • small pot
  • baking sheet
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

1. Cook Quinoa 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place quinoa, 1 cup water, and a pinch salt in a small pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until water has evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and set aside to cool.

2. Toast Almonds 

While quinoa cooks, on a baking sheet, arrange slivered almonds in a single layer. Toast until golden and fragrant, 4-5 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside.

3. Prepare Ingredients 

While almonds toast, rinse strawberries and trim and discard stems. Cut into ¼-inch slices. Rinse spinach, pat dry with paper towel, and roughly chop. Zest lemon, then halve.

4. Make Dressing

In a medium bowl, whisk together zest and juice of 1 lemon, Dijon mustard, honey, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

5. Toss Salad 

In a large bowl, combine quinoa, almonds, strawberries, spinach, crumbled goat cheese, and half of dressing. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

6. Plate Salad

Divide salad evenly between 2 bowls. Spoon over remaining dressing and serve.


Recipe provided by Plated.

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