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Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit & Avocado

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This Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit and Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, A, Potassium and good heart-healthy fats!!

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.

This Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit and Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, A, Potassium and good heart-healthy fats!!

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.

This Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit and Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, A, Potassium and good heart-healthy fats!!

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

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Cals:222
Protein:4.5
Carbs:25.5
Fat:12.9
This Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit and Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, A, Potassium and good heart-healthy fats!!
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
This Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit and Avocado is loaded with vitamin C, A, Potassium and good heart-healthy fats!!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 /4th

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /4th, Calories: 222 kcal, Carbohydrates: 25.5 g, Protein: 4.5 g, Fat: 12.9 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Sodium: 26.8 mg, Fiber: 5.9 g, Sugar: 1.6 g

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80 comments on “Quinoa Salad with Spinach Grapefruit & Avocado”

  1. I sprinkled a bit of feta cheese on top as a garnish, and it was fantastic! Wonderful summer salad!

  2. 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.

  3. 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:)

  4. 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?

  5. 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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    Natalie Boenker

    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!
    http://theinvestmentboenker.blogspot.com/2012/04/oh-my-salad.html

  7. 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.

  8. 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.