It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since I first posted about quinoa on my site. Back then, quinoa was an up and coming food that hardly anyone had heard of. Now, quinoa is the “it” food and you can find it everywhere from local grocery stores to restaurant menus. Why is quinoa so popular? It’s because it’s extremely versatile, easy to cook and oh yeah, it also just happens to be a nutritional powerhouse.
Because of all of these great health benefits, I get a lot of requests for recipes using quinoa. Since quinoa doesn’t have much intrinsic flavor, it’s important to infuse it with flavor. My Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Strawberries and Goat Cheese combines quinoa (I used the red variety) with nutrient-packed spinach, luscious strawberries, fresh basil and tangy goat cheese. Toasted, sliced almonds add a delightful, earthy crunch. The entire salad is tossed in a simple, homemade balsamic dressing that infuses the ingredients with bright, fresh flavor. The salad is delicious on its own but it’s also great topped with grilled chicken breast. Eating healthy never tasted so good.