Fruity Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

The summer lunch and dinner to answer all of your prayers! A bed of spinach and quinoa is dressed up by plums, blueberries, goat cheese, and a simple champagne vinaigrette for a healthy, easy meal.

Fam, I'm pretty sure I ate one meal in all of last week.

And it was breakfast.

And it was a bagel. Maybe two bagels, idk. I was super hungover and just didn't know what to do with my life so I started throwing shit in the toaster and before you knew it, I was a carbohydrate. Very attractive, I know. This is how I get ALL da boys.

That's the problem with holiday weeks - you start out at one cookout, cracking a beer, enjoying a few bites of pasta salad, and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT it's Friday and you've consumed one full handle of gin, a case of beer, a box of wine, and enough potato salad and veggie burgers to feed a small army. Yikes.

This is how I found myself meal planning the fuck out of my week this morning while I watched my new favorite show Love Connection and chugged coffee as black as my soul. Once I had binge watched the entire season, I headed to Giant and Trader Joe's and convinced myself I was domestic AF as I piled my cart down with vegetables, cheeses, and crystal light to mix with my vodka this week.

Ok, so maybe you CAN'T take the ratchet out of the girl, but you can at least tone it down a notch? This is what I tell myself to help me sleep at night.

First up in my series of #healthyAF meals this week is this fruity quinoa salad! Packed with fruits that have all those good antioxidants that we hear about on Dr. Oz, spinach, quinoa, and goat cheese for good measure, I'm living for this. Dressed with a simple champagne vinegar and olive oil mixture? Mama, hold me. Maybe now I'll stop spending $10 a day on Sweetgreen salads.

...maybe.

Fruity Quinoa Salad

To make 4 servings of this salad, you will need:
- 1 cup quinoa, dry (+ 2 cups of water to cook it in)
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 plums, diced
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 1/4 cup champagne vinaigrette
- 2 T olive oil

First, make your quinoa. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add the dry quinoa and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, covered, then remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.

Into this bowl, add your plums, blueberries, spinach, and goat cheese. Toss well to combine. Any bite without goat cheese is not a bite for me!

In a separate bowl, whisk together your champagne vinegar and olive oil. Pour over the salad, then serve!

Couldn't be easier, couldn't make me feel more domestic. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go call Betty and complain about how much I hate that I need to drive Little Tommy to soccer practice while Desperate Housewives is on.

XOXO,
Jess