Detox Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad with Sweet Shallot Vinaigrette + Giveaway

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This Detox Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad is the perfect gluten free & vegetarian dish for the summer. Packed with loads of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and protein to get you healthy for the summer!

TGIF! It’s been a while since I’ve talked! Well, kind of.. just since Tuesday but that feels long for me!

Today I am sharing an OMG-so-good-and-so-easy-its-almost-embarrasing-to-give-you-the-recipe-salad. Otherwise known as the Detox Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad with a Homemade Sweet Shallot Vinaigrette! Yeah I know.. thats not much shorter either.

But trust me, after someone tries this salad they won’t care how long it takes you to say the title. All they will want is the recipe! 🙂

This Salad is packed with all kinds of nutrients. It has loads of anti-oxidants from the strawberries and blackberries. Fiber from the spinach, protein from the quinoa, and healthy fats from the pecans. The dressing on this Detox Salad was my favorite part, it is sweet, salty, and creamy all at the same time and works perfectly with all the other flavors going on in this salad.

This salad is perfect for a quick weeknight meal for the fam or a great side dish to bring to your friends summer BBQ party!

Be sure to read all the way through to the bottom because the Post Title does  say “+ GIVEAWAY” and believe me… you don’t want to miss out on the Designer Series Blendtex + Twist Jar we are giving away!

To get started on this salad, make 1 cup of quinoa. Set aside and let cool.

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Next, heat a small saute pan over medium high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/4 cup of diced shallots. Saute for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Set aside. In a small bowl add 1 teaspoon of dry basil, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, salt & pepper. Whisk together.

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Add in the sautéed shallots and slowly pour in 1/2 cup of olive oil while whisking.

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Evenly distribute 10 oz. of baby spinach, 1 pint of hulled and quartered strawberries, 1 pint of blackberries, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 1 cup of raw pecans, and 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese between 4-5 plates.

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Drizzle the sweet shallot vinaigrette over each salad and serve! 🙂

Detox Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad #quinoa #glutenfree #vegetarianrecipes #sidedishes #saladrecipes #summerbbq

Detox Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad 6

Detox Berry Quinoa Spinach Salad with Sweet Shallot Vinaigrette

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 20 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 20 mins
  • yield Yield: 4-5 1x
  • category Category: Salad, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Side Dishes, Meatless Monday




  • 1/4 cup of shallots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Salad Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. of baby spinach
  • 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese
  • pint of blackberries
  • pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa


  1. Heat a small saute pan over medium high heat. Add olive oil and diced shallots.
  2. Saute for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl add dry basil, honey, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper. Whisk together.
  4. Add in the sautéed shallots and slowing pour in olive oil while whisking.
  5. Evenly distribute baby spinach, strawberries, blackberries, cooked quinoa, pecans, and crumbled goat cheese between 4-5 plates.
  6. Drizzle the sweet shallot vinaigrette over each salad and serve! 🙂


  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 416
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 145 mg
  • Fat: 33 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 6 mg

Yeah, glad you made it all the way to the bottom! Now.. go and make this salad and REGISTER to WIN this awesome prize!

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Jenn at Deliciously Sprinkled
Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking
Gloria at Simply Gloria
Mandy at Mandy’s Recipe Box
Karen at The Food Charlatan
Sarah at High Heels and Grills
Melanie at Melanie Makes
Kathi at Deliciously Yum
Jennie at The Messy Baker Blog
Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats
Kate at Diethood
Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Cathy at Lemon Tree Dwelling
Beth at The First Year Blog
Andi at The Weary Chef
Chelsea at Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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28 Responses
  1. Joyce @ It's Your Life

    Oh you so got me craving a salad, have everything except the blackberries, and cheese. Visiting from the Weekend reTreat.

  2. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    Krista – this looks too beautiful to eat!! I love strawberries in salads and I’m down for anything that will detox, lol!! Thanks for sharing on SNF – pinned! Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Jen! haha.. I am totally down for anything that detoxes too… especially before swimsuit season. 🙂 Thanks for the pin!

  3. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Mmm this salad is making me crave strawberries! Can’t wait for them to come in season here in NY! And that sweet shallot vinaigrette sounds so good!

    1. Krista

      I just picked more strawberries up today, they are all looking so good right now in the store!

      The shallot vinaigrette was awesome, you will love it!

  4. Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

    Love this, Krista. It’s healthy, it’s got crunch, it’s got sweetness – what more could you want!? And, best of all, it looks good, lol. Definitely going into the salad rotation. Thanks so much.

  5. Zainab

    This is such a pretty salad Krista! I recently tried quinoa and have been enjoying it! Definitely going to try this salad. Especially that I just booked a beach vacation with some girlfriends this summer. It’s time to get beach ready!

    1. Krista

      Its so good right!? Its fun to eat, plus you just sound fancy when you say you ate “quinoa” 🙂

      Kinda jealous you are going on a beach vacation with your girlfriends… how fun!

  6. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls

    Your salad looks so delicious Krista, those photos rock!! I’m allergic to strawberries, but I still want to stick my fork through the screen. 😉 Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Lisa! Major bummer on the allergy to strawberries! You got all kinds of stuff your allergic too, makes cooking very interesting I bet. But your food ALWAYS looks and sounds amazing! So impressed with your culinary chops. 🙂

  7. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Krista, I seriously need to make (and try) Quinoa. I just keep hearing (er, reading) about this thing and have to go out to get some. But of course, our market here doesn’t even know what I’m asking about… so I might have take my weekly trip 3 counties down the canyon to get me some of this ‘Quinoa’ and make this. The boys would really dig this! Pinning, and sharing! (It’s sooooo pretty!)

    1. Krista

      Orr… you can totally order it on amazon in bulk and skip the trip down the canyon! {ps… love that you have to “take a trip” down the canyon to get stuff like that… so country!} Once you try it you will love it. Plus you can even include it in some desserts, which I KNOW is up your alley. 🙂

  8. Rachel Kathyg @ onlinesisterhood

    Krista, the salad may have simple ingredients but it looks so delicious! I love fresh salads—the combination of quinoa, berries and pecans look amazing…pinned. Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  9. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon

    I could totally use this detox salad before I begin my Easter candy gorgefest this weekend!! Gorgeous.

    1. Krista

      Seriously!!! I need to pace myself this year, last year I went a little heavy on the whipped cream filled eggs! 🙂 But the detox salad will totally do the trick. Thanks so much for the sweet comments Anna! 🙂

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