Quinoa Salad with Spinach & Onions – Gluten Free, Vegan & Paleo Friendly
Disclosure: The recipe provided here was part of a sponsored collaboration with ALDI USA. I was not compensated for this post, but for the link included to the recipe demo below. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and can be found in the Shaw Kitchen.
Ever wake up and think- I NEED A REBOOT!
Friends, today is that day for me.
I’ve been needing to reset my patterns and focus on more quality nutrition than quick fix meals.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Hummus Quesadilla, but there’s only so many days in a row I can have that until I need to let the greens back into my life.
Enter- this Quinoa Salad with Spinach & Onions!
This recipe is not only made in a flash, but it’s also great hot or cold, making leftovers the perfect lunch for work!
Bonus, quinoa not only is a complete protein, but it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals too!
In just 1 cup of cooked quinoa, you get:
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- Folate: 19% of the RDA.
- Copper: 18% of the RDA.
- Iron: 15% of the RDA.
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
- Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
- Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.
So, it’s settled, quinoa is AMAZING!
Pinky promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Quinoa Salad with Spinach
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 large red onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 lemon zested and juiced
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries optional
- 1/4 cup pepitas optional
- 1/2 cup cooked and chopped chicken optional
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley optional garnish
- Cook quinoa according to package directions, set aside.
- Heat oil in large skillet over high heat and sauté onions and continue cooking until caramelized. Add in garlic and cook remaining 30 seconds. Stir in spinach and black pepper, toss to combine and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir onion mixture into quinoa, season salt and lemon juice to taste. Add in the cranberries and pepitas.
- Sprinkle with lemon zest and parsley before serving.
Happy Cooking, friends!