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 olive oil and lemon juice. Enjoy with your favorite dressing for added flavor. Super simple, yet packed with flavor.
If you don’t have or 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.
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 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 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
Drizzle your favorite dressing over the salad and enjoy!
Follow package instructions for cooking quinoa
Optional: Top with toasted sesame seeds