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. 

27 Responses to “Coconut Mojito”

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    Cassie — April 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I love mojitos and I just realized it’s mojito season! Love the coconut.

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    Beth @ The First Year — April 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I love the added twist of coconut, sounds delicious friend!

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    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines — April 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Is it terrible that I’ve seen or heard of The Mindy Project? Now I have one more show I need to check out, thanks. 🙂 I love mojitos and think this version sounds absolutely fantastic.

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I love love love Truvia and mojitos. This is exactly what my Thursday is going to look like!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — April 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    You take the most gorgeous drink photos. I love this!!!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — April 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Oh My mojitos!!! I love them and my husband really LOVES them! Those photos are beautiful too!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — April 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I’m ready for 5 pm… and a couple of these!!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — April 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Oh my goodness this sounds so refreshing! I love coconut and lime so this would work for me!

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    Angie McGowan — April 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I picked the wrong time to stop drinking. This looks absolutely amazing!!! Perfect for spring!

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    Amy @Very Culinary — April 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Oh dear. You make me want to drink. At 8am. I’m tellin’ you – we should co-conspire this summer. I make the salads or popsicles and you bring the booze. Party at my house!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely freaking love this. So yummy!

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    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — April 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Cheers to the weekend! I love mojitos and I wish I could just grab one right from your photos off my screen right now! Looks so refreshing 🙂

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    We are trying to stock up our liquor cabinet and this is a great reminder that I need to get some rum. Coconut rum would be ideal. These drinks looks great.

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — April 25, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Oh man this sounds like a fab drink! I love me a good Mojito and I love Coconut Rum too, it was the first hard alcohol I ever bought just after turning 21 (many, many… many moons ago). Thanks for sharing, this is totally happening in my house soon!

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — April 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I can picture it now… sitting in the sun sipping a Coconut Mojito, listening to a little Jimmy Buffet. 🙂

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    grace — April 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

    i’ve found that the only alcohol i can actually enjoy is coconut rum, so this would be a winner with me!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — April 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

    This sounds like a good Monday morning breakfast, right?

    Right?

    Coconut is my favooooorite summer flavor so I definitely need to make this. But I don’t think I can wait until summer.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 8:58 am

      Moijitos are the BEST way to start the day 🙂

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    Joanne — April 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I feel like Mindy would DEFINITELY approve of you wearing yoga pants to work for her as a personal chef! She’s the best. LOVE that book and that show. Sipping one of these mojitos while watching it would probably make my week.

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