Winter Rainbow Quinoa Salad Recipe: As Healthy As It Is Colorful by Opal Apples


Winter Rainbow Quinoa Salad Recipe: As Healthy As It Is Colorful

Quinoa, beets, pomegranate arils, goat cheese, pistachios, apples, spinach and green onions or fresh herbs combine to make not only a healthy salad, but a beautiful one. Cook the quinoa ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to toss the salad ingredients together. Choose whatever salad dressing you like. We think lemon vinaigrette, Greek vinaigrette, jalapeno-mint vinaigrette or white balsamic vinaigrette would complement this salad perfectly.

You can make mason jar salads (see Recipe Notes) or a whole bowl of this healthy, colorful, gluten-free quinoa salad. If making a whole bowl of salad, save some of the pomegranate arils, crushed pistachios and crumbled goat cheese to make it look pretty on top. This healthy quinoa salad needs to be in your dinner and lunch rotation.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes (to cook quinoa)
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 2 cups chopped pickled or regular cooked beets
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed or chopped pistachios
  • 2 cups chopped Opal® apples
  • 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
  • a handful of green onions or fresh herbs  
  • vinaigrette dressing (to taste)

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Recipe Notes

  • For mason jar salads, layer in order: 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup beets, 1/4 cup pomegranate arils, 1 ounce goat cheese, 2 tablespoons pistachios, herbs, 1/2 cup apples and 1/2 cup spinach. Store in the fridge for as long as four to five days. When ready to serve, toss with the dressing.
  • You could use regular quinoa if you can't find red quinoa.
  • If you prefer a creamy salad dressing, go for it!

Here's how to make it:

  1. Toss everything together. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Photos: Opal Apples

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 497

Total Fat: 28.7g

Saturated Fat: 16.9g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 430mg

Total Carbohydrate: 38.2g

Dietary Fiber: 5.4g

Total Sugars: 22.9g

Protein: 25.5g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 648mg

Iron: 4mg

Potassium: 384mg

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Donna John
This salad looks absolutely amazing! Mmm. Making it soon.

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