Crispy Quinoa Strawberry Avocado Salad

I’m not sure where to start when describing why I love this salad so much.

Let’s start with the creamy strawberry dressing.  It is addictive to the point that my two daughters were eating it plain like soup. First they were dipping California Avocado slices in it and next thing I know they were spooning it directly into their mouths.  While I wouldn’t recommend this at all it just shows how yummy it is.  It is creamy, sweet and slightly tart and it pairs wonderfully with this simple strawberry California Avocado salad.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

 

Crispy Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Avocado

The salad starts with a base of delicate mixed greens.  Next comes my new favorite thing: crispy quinoa!  Have you tried this new trend?  If you are getting bored of plain quinoa this quick method will add killer texture and transform it into something special.  It is a nice alternative to croutons or crispy chickpeas if you are looking for something warm, savory, slightly crunchy and yet delicate to add to your salad without overpowering it.  It is not to be skipped!

Crispy Quinoa Strawberry Avocado Salad

The salad gets plant-based protein from the crispy quinoa, hemp seeds and toasted pepita seeds.  Every bite has the perfect amount of crunch.

The California Avocados add a cool creaminess to the salad and help to make it more satisfying.  California Avocados and strawberries have always been one of my favorite combinations.  The cold, creamy avocado slices contrast amazingly well with the juicy, tart, sweet strawberries.  Plus, they add healthy fats, dietary fiber and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate, vitamin E, C and B6.

Crispy Quinoa Strawberry Avocado Salad

This salad is loaded with nutrients but not too filling making it the perfect pre-dinner snack.  On days when I have an early lunch leaving a big gap until dinnertime I love making a fresh salad like this to tide me over.  I keep the crispy quinoa and dressing on hand so that all I have to do is throw everything together for a quick and nutritious snack.

Crispy Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Avocado

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, egg-free and dairy-free.

I hope you love this salad as much as I do. It is so seasonal, colorful and flavorful.  If you give it a try, please let me know! Leave a comment below, rate it and tag your photo @eatingbyelaine and #eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your creations!

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