Ohhhh ohhhhh ohhhhh! I produced you a packed salad. I mean really loaded. Magically so.
You men know me well by now. If there’s a salad after that there’s most likely kale in it… but I went to Trader Joe’s (needless to say) and saw bag of organic spinach on the shelf. I mean, really let’s remember about the first superfood that ever was. Before kale was this huge thing that people tried to create chips away from, spinach was the star. Therefore i decided to throw it back to 2008.
There’s something about summertime that makes cut salads everything you could possibly want. A lot of fruits and veggies in delicious small chunky bites waiting around to be demolished. That’s how I believe about salads in any case. Seriously can people make sure you stop getting those mayo-laden potato salads to potlucks, please? More often than not I can’t actually recognize if you can find potatoes actually within the salad because I’m blinded by everything that white weirdness.
Exaggerate very much? Heh.
But for reals, this salad is packaging the goodness. Like I’ve mentioned many times before strawberries have already been luring me in this season with their marvelous, ripe flavors; I can’t help but place them in just about any food I make. Mangos, too! Except I freaking hate cutting them. Just what a nightmare. Very good news is the fact that sometimes you can buy them pre-sliced through the grocery store, usually I found this amazing mango slicer from Amazon that i plan to purchase immediately. Could transformation my life.
Another goodness within this salad? Ancient Harvest Quinoa My favorite quinoa ever. pig feet and beans it’s organic and that means you understand there’s none of that GMO stuff taking place. By the way, do you realize they make gluten free pasta and sizzling hot cereal? I’m super excited to give them a try soon.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s the dressing! And OH MY GOODNESS this dressing is certainly lick-the-bowl good. Sesame oil continues to be one of my favorite oils lately because of how much flavor it gives meals. And the best component is certainly that a small goes a lonnngggggggggggg way. Combine it with honey, lime juice, vinegar and ginger make this salad both tangy and sugary.
I can’t wait for you to try out this a single. It make for an incredible aspect salad, on the run lunch or a complete meal. And yes, you need to totally take it to the next potluck or BBQ you attend. Blow that potato salad from the table.
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap an image and tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram therefore i can easily see your creation.
Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette
Serving size: 1/4th of recipe (on the subject of 1 heaping glass of salad)
For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (just from about 4 small limes)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons honey (agave nectar or maple syrup if vegan)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon ginger
For the salad:
6 cups organic baby spinach (1 bag of baby spinach), finely diced
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 cup quartered ripe strawberries
1 ripe mango, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
To make quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cool water in mesh strainer. Within a moderate saucepan, bring 1 ½ mugs of drinking water to a boil. Add quinoa and provide mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce warmth to low and allow simmer for a quarter-hour or until quinoa offers absorbed all of the water. Remove from warmth and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large dish and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 mugs of quinoa.
To make dressing: Put lime juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger and a pinch of sodium to some medium dish. Whisk together until well mixed, about 20-30 secs. Set aside.
Add more chopped spinach, reddish onion, strawberries, mango, cilantro and avocado towards the quinoa and gently mix with a solid wood spoon to mix. Drizzle in dressing and mix once again until all ingredients are well covered with the dressing. Serve immediately or cover and place in refrigerator for later on portion. I would recommend adding the avocado before portion. Makes 4 servings, about 1 heaping cup each.