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Posted on 09/30/2015 by Kulae

Easy Quinoa Salad

In my work as a health coach, the biggest challenge I see people have when it comes to making healthy food choices, is being prepared.  What do I mean by that?  Being prepared means carving out a little time each week to make sure you have all of your healthy meals and snacks, not only on hand, but prepared and ready to grab when you are pressed for time.  Last night, I made a lovely quinoa salad.  The salad itself only has 5 ingredients, took less then 20 minutes to make, and is enough food to make sure that I have at least three lunches covered for the week.  I also made a large garden salad, some chicken cutlets and some summer berry chia jam so that I had a little variety to chose from during the week.  All of this prep work took about an hour, and I’m set for the week.  I won’t have to cook again until Friday!  As usual, everything I made is gluten, dairy and sugar free.  The quinoa salad also happens to be vegan.  This is clean eating at it’s prepared best ;)

Here is the recipe for the Easy Quinoa Salad that I made last night.

Easy Quinoa Salad


1 cup red quinoa, soaked over night, rinsed, strained and cooked.quinoa salad

2 large handfuls baby spinach, washed

2 carrots diced

2 celery stalks, diced

a handful of fresh, chopped parsley

Dressing ingredients:

40 ml extra virgin olive oil

10 ml  Raw Apple Cider vinegar

juice of half a lemon

salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the soaked quinoa according to package instructions.  I like to soak my quinoa overnight.  This step make the quinoa much more digestible.
  2. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl while it is still hot.
  3. Put a couple of handfuls of baby spinach into the bowl with the quinoa and stir.  The spinach should wilt slightly.
  4. Add the diced carrots and celery.
  5. Mix the dressing ingredients together and then add to the bowl.  Stir everything together.
  6. Add the chopped parsley and stir a final time.
  7.  You can add more lemon juice, salt and pepper, depending on your taste buds.
  8. Serve warm or cold

Yours in health,

Renee Koczkodan

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Renee is a Boston and Newton based holistic health coach.  She received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, she will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

For more about Renee's services, you can check her out her website!

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