×

Tangy Citrus Quinoa Salad

About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 163
Protein 5g
Fat 5g
Carbs 25g
Total Time 10 min

Are you getting bored with quinoa? Level it up through this quick and easy tangy citrus quinoa salad! Trust me; you’re going to love and enjoy this recipe so much!

 

Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular foods for health-conscious individuals. It’s often referred to as a “superfood” or “supergrain” because it has many benefits and nutrition.

 

And for us following a special diet, quinoa plays a big part in our meal plan — it serves as one of the alternatives for rice. It’s a good source of vitamins and minerals — such as protein, iron, potassium, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, magnesium, B vitamins, and various other beneficial antioxidants.

 

It’s not that difficult to make this citrus quinoa. Just toss everything together in a large bowl — cooked quinoa, 

raw spinach, dried cranberries, and shaved almonds.

 

For the vinaigrette, mix in a small bowl with the balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and orange or mandarin juice, then add it onto the salad. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

 

This quinoa salad pairs perfectly with my salmon recipe. Put olive oil into a pan, add garlic, red onion, tamarind paste, soy sauce, and honey. Brush onto the salmon fillet once cooled then bake it in the oven. Check out my sweet tamarind glazed salmon recipe for complete details!

 

You can add avocados to this recipe to make citrus avocado quinoa salad. You may also want to try other quinoa salad recipes — like the chicken black beans quinoa salad and creamy avocado quinoa salad.

 

Add this now on your salad recipes folder, then don’t forget to share it with your loved ones! Remember to share your thoughts with us by commenting below or sending me an email!

 

Can’t get enough of these recipes? Download the FitmenApp now on your apple and android devices! I swear this will change your view of nutritious meal plans with these kinds of low-carb dishes!

 

Have a great day, fit foodies!

logo

Tangy Citrus Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, raw spinach
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened or no added sugar)
  • 1/3 cup shaved almonds
  •  Dressing:
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
    • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon
    • juice from 1 small orange (or mandarin)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Steps
  1. Add the ingredients for the salad to a large bowl.  Toss everything together.
  2. In a small sauce bowl, mix together the ingredients for the light dressing.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad, then gently fold everything together.  Season to taste with sea salt & pepper, and if desired, more/less orange juice and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Enjoy immediately or best serve chilled.

Download the fitmencook app

Track your macros, plan your weekly meals, add recipes to your grocery list, as well as get access to over 500 healthy recipes by FitMenCook.

  • logo
  • logo
Calories
163
Protein
5g
Fat
5g
Carbs
25g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
7g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.