Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad

This strawberry goat cheese quinoa salad is the perfect addition to your summer menu. You’re going to love how light and flavorful this dish tastes!

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

During the summer I eat so much salad it’s not even funny. Normally I just take a giant bowl of lettuce , throw on some leftover vegetables and then top it all with a fried egg. Sweet Baby J I could eat a fried egg on top of almost anything and it would make me the happiest lady in all the land. My dad is grossed about by this but he is totally wrong. Fried eggs make the world a happy place.

Am I right?

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

Speaking of happy places. Normally I would consider the grocery store my happy place. Sometimes I get frustrated while shopping but for the most part I can run in, find exactly what I need and check out. It’s calming to me to know everything will always be in it’s place.

Then Sunday happened. I pulled into a parking space and was a bit crooked. So I look in my mirrors, check my backup camera and proceed to straighten myself out. Then all of a sudden there are three ladies behind my car. I put on my breaks (as any normal person does) and proceed to get screamed at from the back of my car for 3 solid minutes. I was called every single name in the book and told I was a moron for almost running them over. I apologized but I’m not going to lie, after 2 minutes of their screaming I was about to lose my shit.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

I waited for them to go into the store but instead of proceeding into the store they decided to walk up to my car window and start screaming in my face. So what did I do? I rolled down my window and proceeded to explain to them that I looked, didn’t see them, when I did seem them I stopped and it was an accident. I was then told the one lady was pregnant so I guess that made me an even more of a monster.

It was at this moment I was scared I was going to get my hair grabbed and  that they would pull my body out my window. Luckily a nice gentleman came to my rescue and got the women to leave and go into the store. It was also at this moment that I broke down in tears. The gentleman came up to my car and said “Don’t worry. I saw the whole thing happen and they walked behind your car as you started backing up. I was not going to let anything happen to you. Don’t let their ignorance ruin your day.”

Here is the thing. By the letter of the law I’m sure I was at fault. I accept that. That is why it’s called an accident and not a big fat giant on purpose. I looked in my mirrors and they weren’t there and then they were. I get being upset. I have almost gotten backed into and while I might be annoyed, it’s annoyed for a second, and then I’m over it. I would never stand behind someones car and scream at them for what seemed like hours.

I wish that people sometimes thought about how their actions to situations could make a person feel. If you want to be mad at me, be mad at me. But don’t cause a scene in a parking lot and start attacking me like a hoard of ants attacking a piece of cookie that fell onto the ground.

Let’s keep it classy. No arguing in parking lots, ok?

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

After I got home from the store I cried for what seemed like at least an hour. {I’m not exactly an emotionally closed off person so it does not take more than an ugly look to set me off crying} Then after I stopped crying (and felt emotionally calm) I knew I needed some food. There is nothing that drains me faster than a hard cry session.

So that is when I whipped up this salad and then proceeded to eat almost the whole thing myself. It was comforting, filling and exactly what I needed to make myself feel better. It’s filled with peppery arugula, creamy goat cheese, hearty quinoa, sweet summer strawberries and topped with crunchy sprouted grains. The dressing could not be simpler and it’s super smooth since I whipped it up in my Vitamix. I also added just a touch of Truvia to add a little more sweetness to the dressing. I love the natural flavor it brings the dressing and I’m such a fan of sweet berry dressing in the summer.

Summer is my time to be smitten with berries. How can you not love them this time of the year?

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

This strawberry goat cheese quinoa salad is the perfect addition to your summer menu. You're going to love how light and flavorful this dish tastes!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For salad:

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cooked tricolored quinoa
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (I used apricot thyme goat cheese from Vermont Creamery)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (depending on love of mint)
  • 1/4 cup crunchy sprouted grains

For dressing:

  • 6 medium sized fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Truvia sweetener (depending on strawberry sweetness)

Recipe inspired by Love and Lemons

Directions:

For salad:
In a large bowl gently mix together all ingredients.

Gently toss with dressing just until the salad is moistened. You can also serve the dressing on the side if desired.

For dressing:
In a blended add strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sweetener. Blend on high until smooth. If the dressing is too thick simply add a bit more oil.

Note: If you're not a fan of Truvia feel free to replace using your favorite sweetener.

Disclosure: There are some affiliated links in this post and it was sponsored by Truvia. As always, all opinions, thoughts and ramblings are 100% my own. 

39 Responses to “Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Aw, I’m sorry about your grocery store experience! I love grocery shopping, so that could TOTALLY put a damper on it!
    I’m glad you had this salad to face plant into! I am kind of obsessed with strawberries and goat cheese, and I LOVE the quinoa addition! Pinned!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 21, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Grocery store parking lots are always a madhouse where I live. Sounds like you caught those women on a bad day – but I’m glad you and no one was hurt! Just shake it off, some people just thrive on putting others down!

    Anyway, this salad looks incredible. I love all the flavors! Goat cheese is my favorite; I use any excuse to cook with it!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — May 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Ugh. I hate people sometimes. Parking lots are so crazy that it’s a rare occurrence when I’m NOT almost run over. Karma will get those assholes, don’t worry.

    I’ve been eating the same salad for weeks now and I’m getting pretty bored so this may be my next go-to salad! There is absolutely nothing better than goat cheese and strawberries!

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    Samantha — May 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    The grocery store can be crazy sometimes but that is no excuse to act like an animal towards another person who quite frankly, didn’t deserve it. Like they haven’t ever backed up and seen a person before. Please. Of course they have. It happens. They are acting like you ACTUALLY hit them. You didn’t. Because you stopped. Horrible.

    So. This salad looks bangarang!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — May 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Now this is one beautiful creation! Strawberries and goat cheese make everything better! Pinned!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — May 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Your salad just might be the perfect cure for world hunger! Oh geez, this looks good!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — May 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    what an awful experience, I mean geez you weren’t trying to hit them for goodness sake! As for this salad, I love all the ingredients, just beautiful!

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    Ginny McMeans — May 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Those people are probably very unhappy in their lives. That is wonderful that than man came up to try to soothe you too. Some people! Now for the salad – delicious!

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    Stephanie Manley — May 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Looks so refreshing!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Bring on the quinoa and strawberries!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — May 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Your salad looks amazing! Love all the flavors. Bring on summer!

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    Kim Beaulieu — May 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    This is such a pretty salad. I love strawberries so very much, I cannot get enough of them when they are in season.

    I am so sorry some mean girls ruined your day. Accidents happen, there’s no sense in berating people. You didn’t deserve that. You just have to know you’re a good person and their opinions mean nothing. xx

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — May 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I’m sorry that happened. I will never understand mean people. But this recipe! Oh my word this looks AMAZING!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Oh man, I could eat this salad all day every day! Looks awesome!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Ugh, it’s called an accident! I hate when people get so uptight about it. I mean, I’m sure you tried to run over the pregnant lady. Yeah, that sounds right. GIANT eye roll on that one. Oh well. There’s this salad to make up for it! Goat cheese and quinoa are the way to my heart!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — May 22, 2014 at 3:35 am

    What a beautiful salad! I love goat cheese,

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    David @ Spiced — May 22, 2014 at 7:48 am

    This salad is absolutely beautiful…right up my alley! But what’s not right up my alley are the rude ladies in the parking lot. I’m impressed you were able to put up with them yelling for 3 minutes. I probably would have been yelling right back at ’em. Of course, that’s not the smarter move…some people are so rude!!

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    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines — May 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Oh man, what an awful group of women. I am so sorry you had to put up with their issues. Wow, that’s bad. I’m glad that gentleman was nearby and willing to step in to help you!

    Your salad, my friend, that’s good enough to set a whole lot of things right. It looks delicious.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — May 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I’m so sorry that happened to you. As I always said to my kids while they were growing up, nobody plans on an accident. They just happen.
    On a brighter note, your photos are always so stunning, Brandy! This salad looks delicious!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — May 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

    This salad is so gorgeous!

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — May 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    You had me at goat cheese, but then I saw these beautiful photographs and I was in awe- beautiful salad. I’m not sure I’d want to eat it, too pretty!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I can’t get over how pretty this salad is! Oh and that dressing, please just give me a glass of it!

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    grace — May 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

    sometimes i like goat cheese a lot, especially in salads, but not if it’s too goaty. i love the colors and textures in this, brandy–it’s marvelous!

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    Joanne — May 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Those B’s! Ugh they sound terrible. Don’t even waste any more time thinking about them! Just shove this salad in your face and all shall be well.

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    Denita — June 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hearing your grocery parking lot story made me feel a whole lot better. I was just in an accident today, which was totally not my fault, but by the letter of the law it was. Anyway, I turned to pinterest to cheer me up and found your yummy recipe. I will be face planting into this salad this week. Thank you.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 22nd, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

      Hi Denita! So sorry to hear about your accident. There is nothing worse than all the emotions after an accident. I hope your week turns around for the better and you enjoy the salad!

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    Alice — June 23, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Hi, where do you buy crunchy sprouted grains? I have seen sprouted grains listed on cereals and breads, but have not seen them like this. Thanks!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 23rd, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

      Hi Alice! I found my crunchy sprouted grains right in my local grocery store – near where you would find sprouts. If you can’t find them you could substitute alfalfa sprouts (would not be as crunchy), sunflower seeds (lots of great crunch) or just throw them both on there. I use them more for the added nutrition and crunch than for flavor. However, the salad won’t suffer in flavor department if you leave them off.

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    Alice — June 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks! I made the salad today for my bible study group and it was a hit. I could not find the thyme apricot goat cheese you used (which sounds yummy) but used cranberry tarragon goat cheese instead. I also found the sprouted grains. I liked them. Thanks!!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 28th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      Hi Alice! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know you tried the salad! It’s such a hit around our house because it’s so simple but packed with so much flavor. I have tried that cranberry tarragon goat cheese before and I agree it’s amazing! I really like it sprinkled over pork 🙂

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    linwinwey — July 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I made this for my family with a few adjustments. I didn’t have the greens asked for so I used baby spinach. My family LOVED this! I have 3 teenage girls and a picky hubby and they all asked for it again! I am only saddened I waited for the end of the strawberry season to try this for the first time! I am going to try using blueberries and see how we like it!
    Thank you for this fantastic new family favorite!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — July 3rd, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

      I’m so happy your family enjoyed the salad! I would love to hear how the blueberry idea turns out 🙂

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    loveandlightkitchen — August 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I made this and swapped the sprouts for crunchy green onions and added candied pepitos! YUM! http://loveandlightkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/strawberry-quinoa-salad/

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    ayudiahrespatih — July 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Oh my…. This is Stunningly delicious….

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