Strawberry Quinoa Salad

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I started this post last week in the Philippines and got as far as three words before I gave up. Maybe it’s just me, but when I have a view like this, it’s pretty hard to focus on typing.


I can’t wait to write about this trip. It was one of the most life changing trips for a few reasons. But don’t worry, I’m sharing tomorrow. Today, we’re talking about quinoa. And not just boring quinoa, a perfect strawberry quinoa salad!

Strawberry quinoa salad2

This is summer in a bowl. I’ve made it three times since it’s creation (three weeks ago) and I can NEVER get enough of it. The mix of the quinoa with the crispy greens, fresh juicy strawberries and tomatoes and roasted yellow beets. Then it’s topped with goat cheese and a tangy¬†vinaigrette. It’s just a big bowl of happy.

Fresh strawberry salad

Plus, I’m completely obsessed with brown tomatoes. Ever had them? OMG. They are like the juiciest, most delicious tomatoes ever in the entire world. Oh and yellow beets? I want to date them. Beets are my favorite food, but red beets always stain my hands, my cutting board, my life. Instead of looking like I killed the purple teletubby, I opted for yellow beets, which do not stain anything! Win Win! Plus, they are super pretty paired with the bright red strawberries, don’t you think?

Fresh salad

I’m so tired so I apologize in advance if this doesn’t make any sense or is void of any personality. I’m still real jet lagged and exhausted. But, I hope to be back to fighting form tomorrow. So, until then. Salad! Do it.


Nutritional information per cup:

Calories:  290.5
Fat: 15 grams
Carbohydrates: 20 grams
Fiber: 3.2 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6

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  1. Posted by Ali | Gimme Some Oven on
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    I have been living vicariously through your BEAUTIFUL photos!!! Welcome home!

    This salad sounds absolutely wonderful. Love all the colors!
  2. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    Welcome home!! I want to dive into this salad!!!!
  3. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    Wow! Must have been an amazing trip. Isn't it funny when you go off and do awesome stuff, come home and it's back to making salads? Like, wait, what happened? haha that's how i feel when I get back from a big trip.
  4. Posted by Meagan @ A Zesty Bite on
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    I'm with Ali on your photos! We all put ourselves in the photo with you on the beach. This salad looks terrific.
  5. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    I cannot WAIT to hear all about your trip (I've been stalking all your photos on IG... just gorgeous! :)) In the meantime I'll be chomping on this delicious salad. YUMtown.
  6. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    I love the quote "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." So, so true. Just from your one photo I can tell it must have been a wonderful experience! Looking forward to reading all about it. Thanks for sharing this delish looking quinoa salad, too!
  7. Posted by Kathryn on
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    Can't wait to hear more about your trip. In the mean time, I'm just salivate over this gorgeous salad!
  8. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    salad looks delicious & beautiful so does the view. welcome back :)
  9. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    I LOVE yellow beets and I am definitely going to be on the hunt for brown tomatoes. This salad looks incredible and I can't wait to try it. Even more so, I can not wait to read about your trip!
  10. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    What a perfect spring salad! The Philippines looks incredible, I've been following along via IG.
  11. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    Welcome home! I can't wait to read about your trip, it sounds amazing! this salad looks gorgeous !
  12. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
    This looks so light and tasty! I have never had a brown tomato!
  13. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    This salad is stunning, lady! Happy you're home safe, and cannot wait to hear about your trip! xx
  14. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    Welcome home!! Your salad looks incredible!!
  15. Posted by Masha on
    Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    Wow! That looks super delicious and nutritious! Perfect spring/summer salad!
  16. Posted by Bree {Skinny Mommy}b on
    Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    You, my friend, have a fabulous life...I can't wait to hear about the trip! Are these all for your website? Wow!
  17. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    I wouldn't be able to concentrate with a view like that either! This salad looks incredible!