This crispy quinoa and power greens salad with smoky meyer lemon vinaigrette is full of fun flavors and nutritional superstars.
crispy quinoa and power greens salad with smoky meyer lemon vinaigrette

Let’s not ditch our resolutions just yet.

I know it’s tempting, especially since we spent our whole Sunday remembering what cheese dip and chips and carbs taste like. (<–heaven)

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But think of how much better our week is gonna feel if we fill it with baby kale, baby swiss chard, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, almonds. Doused in a smoky tangy tart meyer lemon vinaigrette.

We might just come out of it with superpowers. And/or our entire to-do list crossed off.

Same difference.

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And if we’re feeling really daring we might even top it with cubes of brie.

Not shown here. But, that happened. I highly recommend it.

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And if you have it for lunchΒ andΒ dinner (and I promise, you will definitely be tempted to do so).

It’s basically your obligation to take over the world. Achieve world peace. Cure cancer. Exercise every day. All that good stuff.

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One year ago…Pasta with Roasted Vegetables Β and Chipotle-Goat Cheese Tomato Sauce

Three years ago…Banana Cranberry Bread with an Amaretto Glaze

Four years ago…Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Cake

Crispy Quinoa and Power Greens Salad with Smoky Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
 
This crispy quinoa and power greens salad with smoky meyer lemon vinaigrette is full of fun flavors and nutritional superstars.
Yield: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 11 oz Earthbound Farm Power Greens blend, or other salad blend
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 pomegranate
For the vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup meyer lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400.
  2. Toss the sweet potato cubes with 1 tbsp olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Roast on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 30 minutes or until tender. Let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the cooked quinoa and saute for a few minutes until it is dry and crispy. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, fried quinoa, sliced almonds, pomegranate arils, and salad greens.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, honey, salt, smoked paprika, yogurt, and olive oil. Season to taste. Toss with the salad and serve.
Notes
Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe

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72 Responses to Crispy Quinoa and Power Greens Salad with Smoky Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. I love putting quinoa on my salads! And I am loving this whole combination of ingredients you’ve got going on here. Power salad is right!

  2. Sues says:

    All of my favorite things together in one glorious salad. I love this!!

  3. Leah says:

    wow! what a great way to start off a super bowl detox week πŸ˜‰

  4. One of your recipes has already proven to Josh that he like kale, hoping this will do the same with quinoa! He currently will not touch it. Ever.

  5. Julia says:

    Ohhhhh fuuuuuuuuuug yeah, nutritional super star-me!! I love this salad so hard, I can barely stand it! It’s been forever since I’ve used Swiss shaaard (okay, I really say it CHard, but most people I know say “shard” and I haven’t been able to wrap my feelings around that yet), which is reeediculous because I love the stuff! I need to spend a month by myself with your recipes…which may sound weird, but it sounds freaking delightful to me!

  6. I love this idea! I don’t eat enough quinoa and I’m always looking for great recipe ideas.

  7. you had me at smoky lemon vinaigrette. WOW! Best dressing from you to date~

  8. Erica says:

    What a beautiful salad! Your pictures are so beautiful, Joanne! Great textures and flavors!

  9. Johanna GGG says:

    what a fab salad and that dressing looks so delicious – I just wish my meyer lemon tree was not so poorly lately – will be lucky to get one lemon at this rate this summer πŸ™

  10. Ha ha! Yea, I had a little too much cheese dip, so this would be a great way to get right back on track!

  11. Love quinoa on salads and that vinaigrette sounds fantastic! Great photos too πŸ™‚ And funny to read..haha “remembered how good chips are…” (That’s me!)

  12. That vinaigrette is simply AMAZEBALLS! Love how well you have it coating your greens – gorgeous photos of a totally mouthwatering(even in winter) salad

  13. SallyBR says:

    When i saw the ‘smoked vinaigrette” i said to myself, no, she did not. no she did not. I was afraid you would grab a bottle of liquid smoke, the stuff that makes me cringe and run away from very reputable food blogs and sites… πŸ˜‰

    smoked paprika…. wonderful!

    this salad is close to perfection. The one with Brie, that is perfecton πŸ˜‰

  14. Love everything about this salad. The power to finish my to-do list will be welcome!!

  15. cheri says:

    This is my kind of salad, smoky meyer lemon vinaigrette oh my!

  16. I’m definitely feeling all the cheese I’ve been eating lately. Since you threw in that sweet potato, this is such a power salad. It’ll keep you going all afternoon!

  17. Perfect for this week! Going on a clean eating diet for the rest of the week.
    Love all the ingredients in this one! πŸ™‚

  18. danielle says:

    I love the idea of crisping the quinoa for added texture.

  19. Trisha says:

    I’m loving quinoa in salads lately, and the addition of the sweet potato means I won’t be hungry an hour later. This will be lunch for next week!

  20. Lisa says:

    That is a power packed salad and I love the idea of serving it with brie. Gorgeous.

  21. quinoa, almonds, and pomegranates on one salad? Yes please.

  22. so colorful! I had a bucket full of cheese on sunday too πŸ˜›

  23. Woahhhh this salad looks delish! And soooooo good for you! I love Greek yogurt based dressings so creamy with no guilt!

  24. Monet says:

    I needed inspiration for lunch…and I’ve found it! Thanks Joanne!

  25. This is a perfect salad! Love the sound of the vinaigrette!

  26. elly says:

    What a gorgeous salad! Love the sound of that vinaigrette.

  27. I have a HUGE to do list today so I’m thinking I need to get my strength from this salad to get my s**t done!

  28. sandra says:

    I too saw this on sprouted kitchen and thought, I need to make that salad… but I have not, alas. I can live vicariously through your salad!!

  29. You had me at ‘smokey Meyer lemon’ !!

  30. Crispy quinoa is destined to become my new favorite food! Love all the super healthy foods in this salad!

  31. Meyer lemon for the win! This is definitely a super powers kind of salad.

  32. Kate says:

    I had a similar salad last week that was like this, but with squash instead of sweet potatoes. So good!

  33. Emma says:

    I love everything in this salad. Definitely Emma food!

  34. What a gorgeous salad, your crispy quinoa looks perfect with the vinaigrette πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  35. An excellent salad, Joanne. Love the simple and delicious lemon vinaigrette.

  36. Pam says:

    Loving this salad! That vinaigrette sounds amazing.

  37. I could eat stuff like this every day – so much goodness!

  38. Susan says:

    Can I half ditch? Because I’m ready for cookies again but absolutely want this salad.

  39. Eileen says:

    Yay, salad! ALL THE SPINACH, please. πŸ™‚ I definitely don’t eat enough salads with both grains and greens. Must try!

  40. This is totally my kind of salad. I love quinoa and spinach. I need to start more of my own vinaigrettes, I always do sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. I need to change it up a little bit πŸ™‚

  41. That looks perfect for dinner tonight….

  42. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ve never seen meyer lemons for sale in this country. Ever. I must find out if we can buy them here as I’m wondering what I’m missing out on. This is a power-packed salad and I love the pomegranates xx

  43. Hannah says:

    Gorgeous! I resolved to eat more cake in 2014, so I’m doing well.

  44. Ooh, this is gorgeous! I totally found myself slipping with my resolutions, so I made a salad to post this week too. But it’s sooooo hard with Valentine’s Day coming up… πŸ˜‰

  45. Megan says:

    So many of my favorite things in here! I need to look for those greens.

  46. Christina says:

    Another way for me to eat some quinoa, have a mild obsession with the stuff! Currently eating my way through leftovers of your black bean avocado salad πŸ™‚

  47. Sounds like my kind of salad! Yum πŸ™‚

  48. I love the sound of the smoky Meyer lemon vinaigrette!

  49. Love the idea to add yogurt in the dressing! I love creamy salad dressings but that usually negates the health benefits of the salad!

  50. So simple but so absolutely inspiring. Great flavours.

  51. Katerina says:

    This is a delicious salad Joanne! I love it!

  52. This is so pretty! It looks and sounds delicious too.

  53. Deena kakaya says:

    Goodness that vinegartte sounds wonderful! Gorgeous colours too in this power packed salad x

  54. You make salads look amazingly delicious! How do you do it?! Love the combo of ingredients here and it’s definitely a must-try. πŸ™‚

  55. Yeeah someone feed me this for lunch and dinner (and maybe breakfast too heck!) every single day of my life and I won’t complain. It looks so so so delicious!

  56. I could enjoy eating this. I love the combination of ingredients for the salad and the vinaigrette.

  57. Corina says:

    It sounds lovely. I have a bag of quinoa at the back of the cupboard but I am always forgetting to use it. I’ll have to make more of an effort!

  58. It has been forever since I’ve had quinoa, but I think I want to try this. The crispy aspect appeals to me! And yeah, vegetables…I think I need a new-day-resolution to eat more of them, daily, rather than just waiting till next January to promise myself!

  59. AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle πŸ™‚ love your blog and im following now.

  60. I made this yesterday and it. is. amaaaaaazing! Thank you so much!

  61. Rika @ VM says:

    This is a stunning salad – love the colors from sweet potato, quinoa and pomegranate!

  62. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    What a beautiful salad πŸ™‚ the crispy quinoa is a great touch, I love adding a small crunch to my salads.

  63. Love the colors in this salad, and any excuse to add cubes of brie to your plate is a good thing in my book πŸ™‚

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  70. oh my gawd, Joanne! This salad is gorgeous!! can’t wait to try this meyer lemon vinaigrette when I can get my hands on some meyer lemons!!

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