Fresh and yummy salads are a great way to eat clean, and stick to that resolution you made not so long ago! This strawberry spinach salad will not disappoint, with it’s nutritious and wholesome ingredients. It really packs a punch in the protein department featuring quinoa, black beans AND almonds! Plus the spinach and black beans also provide a healthy dose of iron. All the while, keeping this dish vegan friendly and gluten free.
This strawberry spinach salad is accompanied by an amazing strawberry basil dressing that is oil free and low in calories! The dressing itself is made using only THREE ingredients plus water to thin it out. But if you think that only 3 ingredients means this dressing is anything but flavourful, think again. Or better yet, just try it! The method is super simple too, just add your ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. I use a Vitamix, but any high powered blender will do. Now if you really, really, don’t have the time to make the dressing, I recommend this amazing Strawberry Fig Balsamic Glaze by Nonna Pia. It’s so tasty! Plus it’s GMO free, gluten free and oil free!
Now if anyone is wondering about soaking the almonds.
If you’re short on time, and you can’t spare the 10 minutes you need to soak the almonds, you can skip this step. Soaking the almonds in boiling hot water allows them to soften slightly. I find salads a little easier to eat when the nuts have been soaked. Plus, the soaking process helps the nut to release nutrients more easily. So in theory, you’d be able to absorb the nutrients into your body better as well.
I really hope you enjoy this fresh and delicious salad! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
For more healthy salads & dressings, check out these!
- Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sweet Orange Oil Free Vinaigrette
- Cranberry Broccoli Salad with Cran Lemon Dressing
- 7 Layer Spinach Salad (Easy)
- Asian Quinoa Salad [GF]
- White Bean Cabbage Salad w/ Avocado Orange Dressing
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