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Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Posted by mjandhungryman
March 31, 2014
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This make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect spring salad pairing sweet strawberries with earthy quinoa.

This make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect spring salad pairing sweet strawberries with earthy quinoa.

Eating seasonally and locally is very important to me.  While I like the majority of foods grown in dirt and soil (some more than others), spring fruits and vegetables excite me beyond words.  Today, I devote this post to the ruby red, juicy, and sinfully sweet fruit – the strawberry.  All year I wait for this particular time when the berries are remarkably sweet and come with the added bonus of a cheap price tag.  I spend more $$ on groceries during this season than any other, which I compensate by minimizing my Internet browsing time.  I must sheepishly admit…my online shopping has gone out of control. 

This make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect spring salad pairing sweet strawberries with earthy quinoa.

I absolutely adore the strawberry + basil + goat cheese combination so lately I’ve been inspired to create with this trio of flavors.  Simply toss the triple with some whole grains or pasta and a generous pouring of the light, citrusy vinaigrette, and you’ve got yourself one unforgettable make-ahead meal!  You really want to make this salad ahead of time as the flavors mix and mingle more thoroughly with time. 

This make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect spring salad pairing sweet strawberries with earthy quinoa.

I chose to use both red quinoa and Israeli couscous (because of my finicky husband), but feel free to use whatever whole grains you would like.  I may try farro or millet next time.

This make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect spring salad pairing sweet strawberries with earthy quinoa.

Not a fan of hot quinoa? Try it in this make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad!
This make ahead recipe for Strawberry Quinoa Salad is the perfect spring salad pairing sweet strawberries with earthy quinoa.

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Yield

serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup couscous (I used pearl)
  • 5-7 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 oz. crumbled herbed goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Orange vinaigrette:
  • 6 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest

Directions

  1. For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Cook quinoa and couscous according to package instructions.  Remove from heat and fluff with fork.  Transfer to a mixing bowl and allow to cool. 
  3. Add strawberries and basil.  Toss with vinaigrette until well coated.  Season to taste. 
  4. Place in the refrigerator for several hours to let the flavors develop. 
  5. When ready to serve, add cheese, almonds, and more fresh basil.

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Min Kwon is the author of the MAKE AHEAD MEALS Feature on HealthyAperture. She is a registered dietitian, follower of Christ, and wife to the most wonderful man, who just so happens to be her faithful taste tester and the co-author of her blog - MJandHungryman.com. Once she came to know the life-altering power of food, she fell in love with the creative outlet known as cooking. Her goal is to take healthful ingredients often considered daunting and make them accessible to the average cook. In her blog, she offers a glimpse into her journey of becoming an RD along with healthful tips and recipes.
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