Super charged quinoa salad

Meat.  It’s a staple food for many.

The argument is that meat is a source of protein, therefore must be eaten regularly.  True, meat is a source of protein.  But did you know that you can also get good quality protein from plants, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds?

And that brings me to this week’s Meatless Monday meal.  Super charged quinoa salad!

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If anyone is wondering ‘how will I feel full and satisfied if I just eat salad for lunch’, then this recipe is for you.  Not only is it delicious, but this super charged quinoa salad is packed with plant based protein, vitamins and minerals!  Plant based protein that will satisfy and nourish.

It’s easier than you think to get a healthy amount of protein from plant-based sources.  Quinoa (pronounced ‘Keen-wah’ and not ‘Qwin-o-ah’ 😉 ) is thought of as a grain, but is actually a seed and a source of protein (approximately 4.4g protein per 100g cooked quinoa).  Spinach is also a source of protein (3g protein per 100g), as are pumpkin seeds (5g protein per tbsp).  Kidney beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein, with a huge 7g protein in one cup of beans.  Are you amazed?  Surprised maybe?  I know I was when I first realised meat isn’t the only source of dietary protein.

Eat enough to satisfy, and enjoy this meatless complete meal!

Meatless Monday: Super charged quinoa salad


  • 400g baby spinach, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed (preferably organic)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cook to directions)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp gogi berries
  • Dressing
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or other plant based oil)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp stevia
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, add the spinach, cucumber, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds and gogi berries;
  2. Add the quinoa and gently toss;
  3. To make the dressing, combine the apple cider vinegar, oil, garlic, stevia, salt and pepper and stir until well combined. Drizzle over the salad and enjoy!
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Do you have a meatless meal each week?  What is your favourite plant based source of protein?

14 Responses
  1. That salad looks awesome! I love any salad that has beans in it! Delicious. Oh and I love your new header too – just gorgeous! Definitely suits you and your beautiful blog. Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

    1. Oh thank you lovely. Would you believe that my husband took that photo! He is very proud of it too haha. I’m new to beans in my salads but totally convinced that every salad should have a bean or two added now!