This Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit and Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, A, Potassium and good heart-healthy fats!!
Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit & Avocado
More easy quinoa salad recipes I love are Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jars (perfect for on-the-go!), Quinoa Tabbouleh (from The Skinnytaste Cookbook), and Quinoa Chickpea Avocado Salad.
There is something wonderful to me about biting into a salad with grapefruit. It’s juicy and refreshing and lends a sort of bitter-sweetness to each bite. If you are not a fan of grapefruit this is also great with oranges or you could even do a combination.
Let’s talk about quinoa pronounced (KEEN-wah).
It surprises me how many people have never even heard of quinoa. Quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed from South America with a slight nutty, earthy taste. It’s also gluten-free and a great way to add protein to vegetarian diets.
I love using it in soups, in place of rice, but it’s also wonderful in salads. It comes in a variety of colors such as orange, pink, red, or black. I found this tri-color variety in Trader Joe’s, use whatever variety you wish.
Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit & Avocado
- 4 oz baby spinach
- 2 ruby red grapefruits, peeled and fruit separated, reserving 3 slices
- 1 haas avocados, diced
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1/3 cup dry
For the Citrus Vinaigrette:
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp champagne vinegar
- 2 tbsp chopped shallots
- salt and pepper to taste
- grapefruit juice from 3 reserved slices of grapefruit
- Rinse quinoa well under cold water and cook according to package directions.
- Drain and let it cool.
- Peel the skin and white membrane off the grapefruit and separate the pieces.
- Reserve three grapefruit slices for the vinaigrette and squeeze the juice; set aside.
- Cut up the remaining grapefruit into small pieces for the salad.
- In a medium bowl whisk the olive oil, grapefruit juice (from 3 slices of grapefruit), vinegar, chopped shallots, salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl toss spinach, quinoa, avocado, grapefruit and vinaigrette.
- Divide between four plates.
80 comments on “Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit & Avocado”
This is a favorite recipe in our house – Love it!!!
I sprinkled a bit of feta cheese on top as a garnish, and it was fantastic! Wonderful summer salad!
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I made this last night and it was so good. I will be making it all summer long.
I made this for lunch after yoga today and it was absolutely fantastic. I mixed the champagne vinegar with regular balsamic, though, as white vinegars tend to be too tart for me. I also used black quinoa, it was awesome.
I tried this recipe last night and it was great! The dressing was a little sour for me, so I added some raw sugar. Great vegetarina option:)
Does anyone follow the South Beach Diet? I am in Phase One and am wondering if quinoa is allow on that Phase. It seems like I could eat it since it is a seed and not a grain. Any idea?
I made this last night for a dinner I had with friends. Everyone loved it. Great way to enjoy a healthy side salad on a pizza night with friends! Delicious and will totally make it again
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This was delicious! I've made this a few times now with a few variations, I had to reblog about it, thanks for the great recipe!
I'm so glad you all liked it!!
This was awesome, I made it for the first time Sunday for Easter, and the bowl was wiped out. I also loved trying two new ingredients the quinoa, and the champagne vinegar. It was so good I made a smaller amount for lunch today.
Made this tonight – yummy! Thanks for all the amazing recipes!
I made this. We couldn't find the champagne vinegar so I used a grapefruit vinegar that I found at an amazins vinegar store in PA on a trip last summer. I just reduced the juice of grapfruit to squeezing one section. I love quinoa. I discovered it a few years ago at the suggestion of a way to bulk up my protein from my midwife. I have loved it ever since. Even my baby ate it as one of his first table foods.
Made this tonight and love it. Next time, I would add shrimp to make it a meal.
Im really bad at eyeballing portions….do you know roughly what a serving size is? Thanks!!
I made this last night for a dinner I had with friends. Everyone loved it. Great way to enjoy a healthy side salad on a pizza night with friends! Delicious and will totally make it again.
This looks yummy!!I love red grapefruit, I find it sweeter than the yellow and the pink and I love spinach! I have to give quinoa another go, tried it a couple of times but came out bitter.
Made this tonight for dinner and it was AMAZING! Will make this again for sure. Substituted white wine vinegar for the champaign(couldn't find it in the store) and it turned out good. I'm sure champaign would be better but still i would give it a perfect 10!
Made this for lunch today!! Delicious!!
So healthy looking…yum!I'm sure this will be good.
Can't wait to try this!
What a beautiful salad! It looks so colourful and healthy 🙂 I'm pretty sure I'd love it because spinach, quinoa and avocado are three of my favourite things!
Gina, another question about the champagne vinegar.
I have white balsamic vinegar. Will that work or what do you suggest as alternative? Thanks.
Can a vinegar other than champagne vinegar be used; if so, what would you suggest?
Sure, use white or apple cider vinegar.