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Toasted Almond, Grape & Quinoa Salad

Toasted Almond, Grape & Spinach Quinoa Salad

This Toasted Almond, Grape & Spinach Quinoa Salad is definitely a salad that you'll want to bring to those barbecues and potlucks. It's so flavourful, has a beautiful presentation and can be made in advance! {gluten-free & vegan}
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Elysia

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water or no salt added broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 2 cups washed and dried baby spinach
  • 4 scallions finely chopped
  • 3 cups red seedless grapes halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the orange dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. orange concentrate
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. You can use broth instead of water for more flavour. Allow to cool.
  • To toast the sliced almonds, place a frying pan over medium heat. Add the sliced almonds. Toast for about 5 minutes or until fragrant (you'll smell them!) and lightly browned, ensuring that you toss them frequently to prevent burning.
  • Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and toss with almonds, spinach, scallions, grapes and desired amount of dressing. Mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1086IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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