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Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad

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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. 
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