Monday, January 28, 2013

Quinoa, Tomato, and Spinach Salad with Pesto

This salad is super easy and super flavorful. I like to make large batches of pesto and freeze them in small mason jars to keep them on hand at all times. One day I wanted a quick salad for lunch and ended up throwing cherry tomatoes, chopped spinach, quinoa, and homemade pesto in a bowl. This would be great for a picnic, or even to pack for lunch at work. Just make sure to put the pesto on the bottom of whatever container you're using, then add a layer of quinoa, tomatoes, and spinach on top, so that the spinach doesn't wilt by the time you eat. This would be even more delicious with fresh chopped mozzarella.

(serves 2-3 people)

2 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups chopped spinach
2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons pesto (store bought or homemade)
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

If you're not making it ahead, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. If the salad is too dry, go ahead and add a drizzle of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

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