Spinach, Mandarin & Quinoa Salad With Raw Pistachios a.k.a. #SaladGoals!

Spinach, Mandarin & Quinoa Salad With Raw Pistachios a.k.a. #SaladGoals!

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Here’s a quick + easy salad that contains a good balance of fats, carbs, protein + fibre! It’s crispy, crunchy, nutty, naturally sweet & a little bit cheesy.

I’ll tell you how to make it but I’ll also give you suggestions for swaps for similar ingredients.

Here are my top salad tips:

  • I like a salad I can season in the same bowl! Less dishes, less complicated + a lighter dressing is my motto!
  • I buy my nuts raw + unsalted to cut sodium (& prefer to add good quality sea salts)
  • In the summer, I add fruit to salads for natural sweetness, they’re all in season & there’s so much to choose from
  • I cook grains as part of meal prep so there’s less prep when it’s time to make meals
  • I buy beans organic + unsalted/low sodium to also cut sodium & rinse them thoroughly to remove some of the starch/enzyme inhibitors
  • Coconut aminos replaced all soy sauces in my kitch 2 years ago: more enzymes, gut health, 70% less sodium, delicious, slightly sweet & heart healthy
  • Nutritional yeast adds cheesy flavour, plant-protein + B12 = great cheese replacement!

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:

  • 1 handful spinach (kale, romaine, Boston lettuce)
  • 2 radishes (cucumber or celery)
  • 1 tbsp. raw unsalted pistachios (walnuts, pecans, cashews or almonds)
  • Cherry tomatoes (or bell peppers)
  • 1 mandarin (mango or berries)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa (or buckwheat, brown rice, amaranth or freekeh)
  • 2 tbsp. no-salt added chickpeas (kidney, white, navy or black beans)
  • 2 tsp. Vegan parmesan (nutritional yeast, real Parmesan or mozzarella)

DRESSING: Lemon, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar (or olive oil, balsamic vinegar or coconut vinegar), garlic powder, sea salt + black pepper.

TO MAKE:

  • Cook your grains or use meal-prepped ones.
  • Add the salad ingredients to a bowl & season in the same bowl. Toss to coat.
  • Top with nutritional yeast or Parmesan & enjoy!

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