Ever since my girl gifted me a spiralizer, I haven’t been able to put it down. Having this handy tool adds that fun factor to cooking, and I love the texture of spaghetti-like vegetables in my dishes. For this cucumber quinoa salad, I created a spiralized cucumber rubbed down with tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice. It’s super simple, yet packed with flavor.
The quinoa and avocado work to make this a more complete dish that will keep you satiated for hours. Spinach, quinoa, and avocados are some of the most nutrient dense foods out there. Spinach is full of vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, folate, and many other essential vitamins and minerals. Though spinach is a powerful food, you can switch out the green if you don’t like spinach. Try kale, arugula, or other leafy greens for another take on the salad. Quinoa is a complete, plant-based protein meaning it contains all the essential amino acids and is also an excellent source of manganese and phosphorous. Avocados are packed with healthy fats that can help lower cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease. Not to mention avocados are totally delicious!
You can either have this dish as a side and enjoy with a pal, or have it as a meal all on your own. It is simple enough to make ahead of time and great for a quick lunch to take to work. This salad is fun because you can also add any other vegetables you like! Try adding carrots for an extra crunch and some bonus nutrients. Let us know in the comments below what kinds of vegetables you’ve spiralized! Zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, any creative ideas? As always, if you try this cucumber quinoa salad, drop a line below to let us know how it came out!
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 cup of cooked quinoa*
- ½ small onion, chopped
- ¼ cup scallions, chopped
- ½ avocado, sliced
- 1 tablespoon of tahini sauce
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- Spiralize 2 cucumbers and place in a large bowl
- Add spinach, onions and scallions to the bowl
- Massage in tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice
- Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa to the bowl
- Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- Top with sliced avocado
- Follow package instructions for cooking quinoa
- Optional: Top with toasted sesame seeds