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Warm Arugula Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese

Whenever someone asks me why quinoa, one answer always jumps to the front of my mind. Versatility.

To me, quinoa is one of those ingredients that goes with everything. From savory appetizers to sweet desserts, I’ve tried it all, and although not all of my dishes are successful, playing around with quinoa has made gluten-free cooking so much more fun.

Warm Arugula Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese - Queen of QuinoaWritten by: Alyssa Rimmer of Queen of Quinoa

Lately on Queen of Quinoa, my recipes have overwhelmingly gone in the sweet direction. I have a major sweet tooth, so I’ve been trying to create healthy treats that I can eat guilt free.

But like everything in life, there needs to be balance. It’s important to remember that with all sweet things there must be savory dishes to counteract those indulgences, even as healthy as they may be.

I’m the first to admit it, I enjoy dessert every single night. Whether it’s a raw truffle or a healthy cookie, I just love ending my night with a little something sweet. And I’m not planning to stop little habit any time soon. I’m a firm believer that it’s all about moderation and making healthy choices as much as possible.

Warm Arugula Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese - Queen of Quinoa

Which is why I make it a point to eat greens at every one of my meals, including breakfast. I love green smoothies and juices in the morning, great big salads for lunch, and you can often find a pile of roasted veggies on the side of my dinner plate.

And one of my favorite things to do is to combine a giant bowl of greens with my oh-so-lovely quinoa. Quinoa helps to make your already healthy salad, into a supercharged bowl of nutrients by adding protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy carbs.

Warm Arugula Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese - Queen of Quinoa

In my mind, this salad is the epitome of everything I love about quinoa. Arugula is one of those ingredients that needs something soft and mild to it balance out. Quinoa pairs perfectly with this bitter green because it’s gentle flavor lets the arugula shine, while mellowing out the spiciness that can sometimes overwhelm the dish.

The dressing, which is just a simple squirt of lemon juice, brightens the dish even more and is especially nice with the creamy, tang of the goat cheese. I could just go on and on about how awesome this salad is, but I think it would be more fun for you to just try it yourself!

Do you have a favorite way to use quinoa?

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Warm Arugula Salad with Quinoa & Goat Cheese

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A bright salad that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is loaded with healthy ingredients. Naturally gluten-free and simply delicious, this salad will sure to please your whole family!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover and reduce to low. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Keep covered for another 3 minutes, then fluff with a fork and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the arugula to the bowl with the hot quinoa and stir until the greens have wilted a bit. Squeeze the lemon juice over the salad and mix together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer the salads to two bowls and top with crumbled goat cheese bits.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

There are lots of additions you could make to this salad. It would be delicious with chopped nuts or cranberries, or topped with some grilled fish or chicken for added protein. Or enjoy it as is for a light, healthy lunch or dinner!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 7mgSodium 229mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 5g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Sandy Hjortland

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

When using quinoa I toast it first in a dry frying pan, then add chicken or vegetable broth to cook it, THEN add it to the recipe I am making. I added dried cranberries to the above salad and offered balsamic glaze as a dressing. I served at a lupus fund raiser. The guests gobbeled it down.

Katie

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

sounds fantastic!

Jennifer

Sunday 4th of December 2016

Made this to take to work for lunch this week. Absolutely delicious. One addition I made was to cook the quinoa with chicken broth instead of water. 

Katie

Monday 5th of December 2016

Glad you liked it! Love the idea of using the broth instead of water.

Heather Davis 'Organic Mom'

Thursday 13th of June 2013

I just made this, holy cow LOVE IT. Picked arugula from my little garden :), ohhh YUM. Thank you for discovering this awesome dish

:)

Organic Mom (Facebook) aka Heather

7x7xMommy

Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

I can't wait to try this tonight - I might just have to throw some toasted pine nuts on top as well - yum! Thanks for posting :)

Heather Davis 'Organic Mom'

Thursday 13th of June 2013

I think toasted pine nuts would make this already awesome dish over the top good!!

Jordan

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

Delicious! Just made it for my parents and siblings and everyone loved it. I added kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts to the salad instead of nuts or dried fruit and served it with salmon. Really good! Thanks so much for the recipe. I'll definitely recommend it.