Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

I grabbed some beautiful and sweet blackberries and strawberries from the store and decided to use some of them in a salad. I had some leftover quinoa so I added that, some toasted pecans, and feta cheese to some baby spinach and the berries. I made a simple vinaigrette using white balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. It was light, healthy, and delicious. We all really loved the flavors of this salad. My daughter wasn’t a fan of the quinoa but the rest of us loved it. 

Combine the vegetable oil, olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, basil, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a container. Whisk until well combined. Set aside to allow flavors to mingle.

Cook quinoa, per instructions. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Place the baby spinach and mixed greens into a large salad bowl. Add the blackberries, strawberries, feta cheese, cooled quinoa, and toasted pecans to the top. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper then drizzle with the white balsamic basil vinaigrette, to taste. Toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

White Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette:

3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
2 tsp fresh basil, chopped finely
1 tsp sugar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Salad:

1/2 cup prepared quinoa, cooled to room temperature
3 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of mixed greens
Handful of strawberries, halved
Handful of blackberries
2 tbsp toasted pecans
1-2 tbsp feta

Directions:

Combine the vegetable oil, olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, basil, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a container. Whisk until well combined. Set aside to allow flavors to mingle.

Cook quinoa, per instructions. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Place the baby spinach and mixed greens into a large salad bowl. Add the blackberries, strawberries, feta cheese, cooled quinoa, and toasted pecans to the top. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper then drizzle with the white balsamic basil vinaigrette, to taste. Toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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22 Responses to “Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette”

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    Blond Duck — May 20, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    It’s so pretty!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 20, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    So colourful and delicious! I am too going to make some quinoa for the lunch.

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    lenia — May 20, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    Gorgeous salad!So fresh and healthy!

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    Adam @ CorrChilled — May 21, 2014 @ 2:20 am

    Love it! So much so we’ve included this in our Midweek Food and Cooking Inspiration – The Best in Food Blogging This Week post here https://www.corrchilled.co.uk/index.php?route=pavblog/blog&id=59 :)

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    Mary — May 21, 2014 @ 5:27 am

    I love salads with berries and we all adore quinoa here – maybe your daughter will acquire the taste!
    Mary

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods — May 21, 2014 @ 6:02 am

    I just love berries in salads. They just scream, spring time! This looks delicious!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — May 21, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    This has all the fixings of my favorite salad! I love berries and cheese together…and adding the quinoa is such a great way to make it a complete meal. I definitely need to remember that!

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    USA Kiwi (Kylee) — May 21, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    That looks so good! I love fruit in my salads. I’ve not yet bought any white balsamic vinegar – looks like a good recipe to try it with :)

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 21, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    A wonderful refreshing summer salad, but what I love best is the presentation. Very clever and a bit different.

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    Baby June — May 21, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    What a colorful salad! So fresh and healthy!

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    Marjie — May 21, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    It looks like a wonderful lunch, and so pretty, too!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — May 21, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    Love the colors and flavors of this! What a striking looking salad, and so healthy. Perfect for this time of the year — thank you.

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    Jovina Coughlin — May 21, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Those berries look gorgeous. What a delightful salad

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine — May 21, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    Such a pretty combination Pam. I love salads like this and I love all the ingredients that you’ve included in your salad

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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — May 21, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa bowls like this. I can eat quinoa all the time. So pretty and summery.

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — May 22, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    Perfect spring salad! I love some nice grains mixed in with my greens.

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    Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen — May 23, 2014 @ 4:06 am

    So pretty! I love white balsamic vinegar, it’s a beautifully refreshing alternative to the dark stuff. I bet it goes wonderfully with the berries.

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    grace — May 23, 2014 @ 6:35 am

    those blackberries are so massive. this is a great combination–the quinoa is a very nice touch!

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    Kim in MD — May 23, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    This salad looks amazing, Pam! It took,e a while to jump on the quinoa band wagon, but I finally did and I absolutely love it! This make a fabulous lunch or light dinner!

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    Joanne — May 23, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    That’s my kind of salad! I love the juicy berries. They make salad eating much more fun!

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    B. J. — June 7, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    Okay, maybe I am missing something. But…..what are we doing with the quinoa? It does not talk about mixing it with the greens, etc nor does it say anything about serving it at the same time as the salad.

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    • Pam replied: — June 7th, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

      You add the quinoa to the salad along with all of the other ingredients prior to tossing.

      Pam

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