Friday, July 18, 2014

Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette



The orginal recipe from Imperial Sugar used strawberries. I bought a few pints of blueberries and I subbed them for the strawberries. Boston Lettuce was subbed for the spinach. I didn't add the avocado or the pecans but added some grape tomatoes and jalapeno goat cheese.



I always buy red quinoa. Trader Joe carries it and I bring a few bags back to NY since we don't have a local Trader Joe's. 

Ingredients:

6 cups baby spinach ( used Boston Lettuce)
2 cup strawberries, halved ( used Blueberries)
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced ( didn't have)
1/2 cup cooked quinoa ( cooked in chicken broth)
1/4 cup pecan halves ( used almonds)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese ( used Jalapeno Goat cheese)

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons or more, to taste Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar

Directions:

Assemble salad

Place washed lettuce or spinach in a large bowl and  top with the berry of your choice, avocado, quinoa, pecans and goat cheese.

Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and sugar in a small bowl.

Pour dressing on top of salad and gently toss to combine.

37 comments:

  1. This looks like something Monica would like. Going to pass this one on to her. Beautiful photo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's good Myra! Hope she likes it.

      Have fun this weekend!

      Delete
  2. This recipe has my name written all over it, Linda. Wish I had a fork-that photo makes me wanna dig right in.

    I'll have to look and see if the grocery store carries red quinoa-I have regular and multi colored if not. Is there a difference in the taste?

    Jalapeno goat cheese? Be still my heart........

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Carol- Mary went to a goat farm called "The dancing goat" and asked me if I wanted some jalapeno cheese. She didn't have to ask me twice!

      Delete
  3. Be still my heart! Dang that looks so real that I can stick a fork right through the screen. The colors just come alive. Between you and Carol making these salads, I'm going to have to try quinoa now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cyndy- I really like quinoa. If Randall is anything like Gabe he won't eat it. You know what? Who cares? More for you.

      Delete
  4. Stopping by from Say G'day Saturday to check out your gorgeous salad. Looks so fresh and delicious! Have pinned!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the pin!

      Appreciate you stopping by.

      Delete
  5. Linda, that is one gorgeous salad. It may be 3 a.m. C but I could devour this salad instead of my hot chocolate.

    Must send my daughter to look for red quinoe as I've only had white. Heaven knows, Ray doesn't like unfamiliar items on the grocery store! LOL

    Thanks, Linda.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Angela- I don't know why I like the red. The white is just as good. Tell Ray not to worry and just go for the white quinoa(wink)

      Delete
  6. Looks like such a yummy salad with a great variety of flavors incorporated! I love the mix of colors as well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The red quinoa worked out without me really knowing when I made it! It taste as good as it looks.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  7. LOVE IT! Stumbled and pinned. Thanks for stopping by The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party this week, see you next week! HUGS

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Cheryl! I always love The Yuck Stops here and I appreciate you hosting the party.
      .
      Appreciate the stumble and pin.

      Delete
    2. Happy to do it and glad to see you again! HUGS

      Delete
  8. I love a recipe with variety. Blueberries are sooo good in these types of dishes. I use a red/white quinoa blend that I get at Costco. It's a great balance. Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. Please come back and visit Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST. I'm off to pin! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't belong to Costco, if there was one close I know I would love it but I am lucky to have TJ's!

      I'll see you again at the weekend social!

      Delete
  9. Healthy and refreshing -- perfect for summer! Pinned and tweeting! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I absolutely love the combination of this salad! It looks amazing! Saying hello from tickle my tastebuds!
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cathy- hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :-)

      Delete
  11. I love salads and your Blueberry Quinoa salad looks and sounds perfect for a nice summer meal or when company arrives. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kathy- thanks for stopping by and I'll be posting on Clever Chicks Blog soon!

      Delete
  12. What a beautiful and delicious salad! I think it turned out well for the substitutions.
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank SO much Virginia! See you tomorrow.

      Delete
  13. Thank you SO much Virginia! I love blueberries and had them in the house so I thought- why not add them to something healthy! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did-

    Thanks again
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks so much for joining the Say G’Day Linky Party. We have pinned your post to the Say G’Day Saturday board! Hope you can join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. G'Day Natasha! Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  15. Great post! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a beautiful salad! So tasty and amazing for you too. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cynthia- always look forward to In and Out of the Kitchen link party and appreciate you hosting!

      Delete
  17. I like adding fruit and nuts to a salad. Never thought to add quinoa. I think I would like it this way, scattered throughout a green salad. Thanks for sharing, Linda!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Michelle,

      Quinoa is one of my favorites and try to use it as much as possible and it's a good addition to the salad.

      See you tonight at SEE YA AT THE GUMBO!

      Linda

      Delete
  18. That is a beautiful salad! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for the pin!

      Delete