This Warm Mushroom Quinoa Salad is full of mushrooms and quinoa, spinach, goat cheese, pecans, and is smothered in a honey and apple cider vinegar dressing!
Some people hate quinoa, because of the texture, but that’s exactly why I absolutely love it. It’s gritty and grainy in the best way possible. And it makes me feel like I’m getting my carb overload, but really, it’s a seed, and it’s super healthy and full of protein.
Yes. This Mushroom Quinoa Salad is healthy, but more importantly, it tastes great and comes together really quickly!
Warm, meaty mushrooms + grainy quinoa + a super tart dressing + goat cheese, apples, and pecans.
Best salad ever?
I’m thinking yes.
Now, when one thinks of “fall”, I’m guessing “salad” doesn’t really come to mind.
Personally, I think of cozy soups, casseroles, and all things cheesy. Salad is definitely not at the top of my list.
This salad, however, is warm…so it’s STILL warm and cozy, but *bonus* it’s healthy and won’t make you want to hide in your sweatpants. You still will, because they’re cozy and wonderful, but you could still totally be rockin’ the skinny jeans if you wanted. 😉
This Mushroom Quinoa Salad has 4 main components that make this salad ultra tasty.
1. The Quinoa. Today, we’re cooking our quinoa in vegetable broth for some extra flavor. Feel free to make this ahead of time, but you’ll want to warm it back up, since we’re making a warm and cozy salad!
2. The Mushrooms. Quinoa may be my #1 obsession right now, but mushrooms are slowly creepin’ their way up. Sliced mushrooms get sautéed in a little olive oil with garlic. Throw in some dried rosemary and white wine and you’ll be as obsessed with mushrooms as I am.
3. The Dressing. 3 words. Apple. Cider. Vinegar. It’s tart, tangy, and delicious! Combined with olive oil, dijon, and honey and you’ve got the perfect fall dressing!
4. The “Other” Ingredients aka Jennifer’s Favorite Part. This salad is made on a bed of spinach and mixed with plenty of goat cheese, diced apples (my third latest obsession), and pecans.
The combination of the tender spinach, with grainy quinoa, meaty mushrooms, creamy goat cheese, tart apples, and crunchy pecans is insanely delicious. With so many textures and flavors going on, this is the least boring salad. Ever.
This Mushroom Quinoa Salad is great as a light lunch or dinner, but would even be a great, healthy side dish for your next get together! Oh, and bonus, it’s vegetarian AND gluten free!
It’s warm and cozy, but still healthy…the best of both worlds!
Warm salads? What do you think of ’em? Show me the yummy!* This post contains affiliate links, thank you for the support in keeping SMTY up and running!