Spice in the Kitchen: Almond, Orange & Mustard Quinoa Salad

I read somewhere about how you should combine certain foods to unlock their nutritional potential; was it chickpeas and citrus, or wait was it chickpeas and spinach, wait, hmmm... something like that. I know it had chickpeas, so it was something with them. Anyway, I DO know that the iron in spinach is better absorbed when you add vitamin C to it in someway. Regardless, all these thoughts got me to thinking that all these things would work just great together in a flavor profile sort of way. Even my "meat" and potatoes veggie husband thought this dish was scrumptious.

Quinoa Salad with Almond, Orange & Mustard Dressing Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, raw-ish)
Serves about 4



  • 4 TB raw almond butter
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2-1 tsp hot sauce
  • Salt & freshly crushed pepper to taste
  • 1/2 TB tamari
  • 2 TB mustard
  • 1 TB apple cinder vinegar


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped into pieces
  • Baby spinach (about 2-3 cups per person)
  • Toppings of choice such as: raisins, almonds, pepitas, mandarin oranges, cranberries, etc.


  1. In a blender or small food processor, blend all dressing ingredients together until smooth. Add a dash of water if too thick to blend properly.
  2. Boil water, quinoa and salt. Cover, reduce and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. When quinoa is done, let it cool and then add dressing and chopped red peppers.
  4. To serve, plate the baby spinach and top with quinoa mixture. Add toppings of choice.


  1. This looks so good! And I think I have all of the ingredients already...love when that happens!

  2. This recipe sounds so light and refreshing. I've already prepared curry for tonight, but this is on my list of things to make. Quinoa dishes are my favorite, and pairing oranges and almonds with it sounds divine.

  3. This sounds fantastic. I love simple salads with things I wouldn't usually throw together. Grains in salads are so good!

  4. love the salad! i;d eat anything with quinoa.. and i heart that napkin!

  5. If y'all make it, please let me know. :)

  6. this salad looks SO GOOD. i am a huge fan of quinoa and chickpeas, and the dressing sounds delicious. i love all of your toppings, too!


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