Friday, March 30, 2012

Spinach Salad w/ Roasted Garlic Quinoa, Sun dried Tomatoes, Feta, & Avocado

Quite the long name, but I couldn't leave anything out!  This was a little salad inspired by the Fittnessista.  I have been wanting to make a salad with quinoa over the top, just hadn't come across the right idea for what to include in it yet!  Once I saw her put sun dried tomatoes in it, I immediately went to roasted garlic and feta cheese too!  And of course the avocado just looked good in the grocery so I picked one up as well.  The salad was a great healthy dinner packed with veggies and protein!

Spinach Salad w/ Roasted Garlic Quinoa, Sun dried Tomatoes, Feta, & Avocado
serves 3

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 bulb garlic
salt & pepper
olive oil
about 10 - 15 sun dried tomatoes from a jar
Fresh Spinach (or other salad greens)
Feta cheese
1 Avocado
Red wine vinegar

Start by roasting your garlic, this can be done in advance as it takes about 45 minutes to an hour.  Slice the top off your bulb, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Wrap tightly in aluminum foil.  Bake in the oven at 375 under its golden and you can squeeze the cloves out.

Cook quinoa with water according to package directions.  Once finished, add in roasted garlic cloves and chopped sun dried tomatoes.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper mixing until you get your desired consistency and flavor.

Place spinach in a salad bowl (enough for a normal salad), top with warm quinoa, crumbled feta, and diced avocado.  Drizzle with red wine vinegar.  Serve!

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