Quinoa Salad with Strawberries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This side dish brings all the flavors from a classic strawberry and spinach salad with poppy seed dressing into a light but filling grain salad. The mildly creamy dressing keeps the salad moist without weighing it down. Soaking the shallot in ice water cuts some of its sharp bite and prevents the entire dish from tasting like onion.


  1. Cook 1 cup quinoa; let cool. Soak 1 thinly sliced shallot in ice water, 10 minutes. Drain and toss with the quinoa along with 2 cups baby spinach, 1 cup diced strawberries and 1/4 cup chopped salted almonds. Whisk 2 tablespoons each sour cream, olive oil and cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon each sugar, poppy seeds and kosher salt; season with pepper. Toss the quinoa salad with the dressing. Let stand 10 minutes.