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Maple Infused Spinach, Quinoa & Roasted Pecan Salad

Ingredients for Salad:

4 cups organic baby spinach leaves, washed, drained
1/2 cup organic quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecans, pan toasted and salted to taste
1 tbsp. Chiquitita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsps. fresh chopped parsley
Seasonello sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Dressing:

1/2 cup Chiquitita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Maple Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Directions

  • Combine 1 cup of water, the quinoa and a pinch of sea salt in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed; fluff with a fork.
  • Toss pecans with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Preheat oven to 350 and bake pecans approximately 5-10 minutes until they are lightly toasted.
  • Place the washed spinach in a medium bowl. Add quinoa, dried cranberries and parsley.
  • Pour the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour over the salad and toss gently to coat.
  • Garnish with toasted pecans.