strawberry spinach salad + quinoa crusted goat cheese

Strawberry spinach salad with quinoa crusted goat cheese and a simple balsamic vinaigrette.  Sweet berries, tangy goat cheese with a crunchy coating make a bowl of deliciousness.

strawberry spinach saladRemember when I told you I need to shake things up a  little when it comes to salads?

The shake up continues.

The first time I had strawberry spinach salad I immediately fell for it.  Those sweet berries atop the mild spinach with crunchy nuts combined with a sweet vinaigrette.  It was one of the best salads ever to meet my mouth at that time.

Since then I’ve made a few strawberry spinach salads.  Sometimes with pecans, sometimes walnuts but somehow cheese just wasn’t a thought when making this salad.

I don’t know why, it just didn’t happen.  But now, since I’m in salad shake up mode I bring you another layer of delicious.

strawberry spinach saladQuinoa crusted goat cheese.

Are you with me?

This is how it went.

I boiled the quinoa in water as you normally would.  Then I toasted it in a skillet.  It becomes crunchy and nutty and oh so much more tasty.  You can see I used red quinoa. The white quinoa works well too.

I spread it out onto a plate to cool then coated the goat cheese with it.  I had no idea goat cheese could be improved upon…until now.  Well, not really improved upon, that’s not possible.  Goat cheese can stand on its own.

When toasting the quinoa it actually tries to save itself and jumps out of the pan when it gets hot.  Cover your skillet while it’s toasting so you won’t have any escapees.  I had little bits of quinoa splattered around my counters and walls.

I know this takes a little extra effort but that crunch is too good to pass up.

strawberry spinach salad

Shake it up.

strawberry spinach salad + quinoa crusted goat cheese

Ingredients

    Vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or to your taste)
  • Salad
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries sliced
  • Toasted almonds (optional)
  • Quinoa crusted goat cheese
  • Goat cheese slices
  • 1/4 cup quinoa toasted
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Instructions

    Vinaigrette
  1. Add the vinegar and honey to a cup and stir until the honey is dissolved. Pour in the olive oil stirring until emulsified.
  2. Goat cheese
  3. Rinse and drain the quinoa. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Drain all the liquid from the cooked quinoa.
  4. Heat the oil in small non-stick skillet. Slowly and carefully add the drained quinoa to the skillet. Stir around for a few minutes until toasted. This will take about 7 minutes or so. Cover the skillet to avoid quinoa popping out of the skillet.
  5. Transfer the toasted quinoa to a plate and spread out to let cool.
  6. Slice the goat cheese into medallions and coat it with the toasted quinoa.
  7. Assemble your salad. Coat with the vinaigrette.
  8. Enjoy!
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28 thoughts on “strawberry spinach salad + quinoa crusted goat cheese

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  2. Chrystal @ YUM eating

    There is so much YUMness going on here! It’s not only beautiful, it sounds absolutely delightful. I am loving those goat cheese medallions. I would never of thought to toast some quinoa to roll the cheese in. Brilliant! Thanks for linking up at The Yuck Stops Here! Pinned!

  3. Winnie

    It’s a real great salad!!
    I loooooove the ingredients, and your presentation is fabulous.
    It looks so colorful and tempting :)

  4. Kimberly

    Woo Hoo! I’m doing a happy dance right now! Cassie has picked your salad to be featured at our next party! Pinned! Thanks for being part of it. I hope you will swing by on Monday at 7 pm and party again. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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  6. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Haha, I love that the quinoa is trying to save itself. I say that kind of stuff all the time when things fall or jump out of the pan. This salad looks delicious! I love berries in my salads. I’ve got to try the quinoa crusted cheese :D

  7. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I am giggling at the idea of your quinoa ‘escapees’, Norma! Great idea, though, to toast quinoa … I guess it ends up a bit like fried rice? Also a great idea to add strawberries to a salad. I’m definitely going to try that!

  8. Amira

    This really looks so lovely.. the colors of your dish are so empowering also your detailed description makes me want to make it right now. Great job Norma.

  9. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Hi—I love the ingredients and have used the same myself. BUT your presentation beats mine completely. Too sweet.
    Love your idea with the cheese and using quinoa. I can see myself with crackers or banquette rounds right near that little tower of cheese.


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