Monday, July 11, 2011

Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Feta, and Pepitas

Cherry season is in full swing. Go get yourself a big bunch ASAP. You're going to have a new favorite summer salad.

I love quinoa. It's hearty like a pasta or cous cous, but has a higher protein content. The nuttiness from the quinoa is absolutely delicious with the sweet cherries, salty feta, and crunchy pepitas. This is my idea of a perfect healthy meal.

Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Feta, and Pepitas
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makes 1 serving
1 heaping cup baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon favorite viniagrette, or olive oil and balsamic
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup fresh cherries, halved and pitted
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon pepitas (pistachios, sliced almonds, or pine nuts, or other favorite nuts would work)
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Toss spinach with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or favorite salad dressing. Top with quinoa, cherries, feta, and pepitas. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper and coarse salt if desired.

22 comments:

  1. Duh of course I am pinning this beautiful little creation. You have the BEST recipes

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  2. This salad sounds out of this world! All of the flavors you used sound so delicious! I love that you used cherries and feta together. Great combination :)

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  3. I've never tried quinoa but have always been curious. This recipe looks easy and yummy! I think I'm gonna try it!

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  4. Cherries in a salad - great idea. Will try that out, it looks great.
    Nina

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  5. I'm not kidding when I tell you that I'm going to walk out my front door right now and get all of the ingredients!!! I'm a cherry addict! =))

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  6. Divno izgleda, obožavam quinou :)

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  7. We were just at Coscto and bought a big case of cherries! Now I know what I can do with them! YUM

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  8. Saving this one, thank you for posting! Love, love LOVE your blog!
    -Jessica & Holly
    Etsy.com/shop/chezjolly

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  9. Refreshing and delicious salad !! Looks so gorgeous !

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  10. This looks great! I've been dying to do some quinoa recipes:)

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  11. it is so drop dead gorgeous, healthy and gorgeous - love that

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  12. Love cherries. A nice touch on the salad. Debi

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  13. I absolutely love everything about this salad! I love the spinach, the quinoa, and OMG the cherries!

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  14. Save me some of this ;)

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  15. This looks absolutely delicious and the photos are gorgeous. This is definitely on my menu for next week. Thanks!!

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  16. This looks just fantastic. I cannot wait to try it out.

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  17. Yum..that is one beautiful looking salad, and I am sure it tastes devine! Many thanks for your visit, good luck with the chickens! Love Linda x

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  18. Loves cooking11:33 AM

    I made this salad three nights ago, and paired it with a simple lemon chicken breast. I don't usually make a comment in caps because it is shouting, but this one is AWESOME! I made it again last night for friends. It looks beautiful, but tastes even better.

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  19. so beautiful! that middle shot of the cherries looks like a painting. sounds delicious :)

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  20. This salad looks amazing.
    Who would have thought cherries in a salad? I'm sure it tastes as lovely as it looks.

    xo
    babymama
    avagracescloset

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  21. Oooh, looks great! Going to try it soon and see if it holds up in my lunch box to work! :D

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