Orange Spinach Quinoa Salad

 1/2 fruit, 1 grain, 1 protein, 1 vegetable

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I love to travel! But when I’m not, I love to hear about others’ stories abroad.

Last week our family friends left to go on vacation to St. Maarten. Yesterday they finally returned, refreshed and relaxed! When they called us from the airport, we invited them over to dinner knowing they would be tired from traveling and going home to an empty fridge.

This left me with about 30 minutes to get food ready, get the house ready, and get myself ready. I whipped up this dish in less than 5 minutes which left me plenty of time to set the table and clean up a bit.20140301-144156.jpgWhen they arrived it looked like someone slapped them in the face. I mean, no offense, your tan looks fabulous but is it really that bad to be back home? (Then again, compared to St. Maarten, this freezing New England weather probably does feel like a slap in the face.)

Anyways, our guests were so pleased to have a bit of the tropics follow them back to the chilly weather up north. This side dish was perfectly sweet and tangy to help them transition back to reality.

1/2 cup cooked quinoa* [1 grain, 1 protein]

1 cup spinach [1 vegetable]

1/2 orange [1/2 fruit]

>>Wash and cook quinoa (on the stove or a rice cooker). Chop spinach and dice orange. Toss all ingredients, and drizzle with a balsamic glaze**.

*1/4 cup uncooked

**I used a store bought fig vanilla balsamic glaze. Try making your own with 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, and 1 tsp. agave/honey.

Where was the last place you traveled?

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