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Warm spinach salad with mushrooms

September 2, 2013

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Before you gasp in horror at the thought that Simone would actually eat a warm spinach salad with mushrooms, let me explain a few things. She will actually eat many of the ingredients in this salad…just separately. Which isn’t so bad, because it still means one prep for dinner and we are all (more or less) happy. Giselle is funny of course, because she’ll eat whatever you put in front of her, but she has her favourite parts of this salad which naturally differ from her sister. Sigh…siblings.

Simone eats: mushrooms, quinoa.

Giselle eats: mushrooms, feta, spinach, quinoa

Mommy & Daddy eat: everything.

I came up with this salad after eating one similar to it at Diner No. 1 in Steveston. It’s my favourite item on the menu so I had to figure out a way to recreate it at home. 🙂  I drizzle a creamy balsamic dressing on top that I make myself…it’s so damn good!

Warm Spinach Salad with Mushrooms

No specific portions required here…just play with the portions at your will.

Bag of fresh baby spinach

Large box of mushrooms

White onion

Grape tomatoes

Feta cheese

Quinoa (1 cup uncooked)

Cook the quinoa and set aside. Fry the mushrooms and onion in oil and butter and take in that delicious smell. Getting hungry yet? Rinse and dry baby spinach. Crumble feta and set aside. Slice tomatoes and set aside.

Layer the quinoa on the bottom of your bowl. Add spinach on top. Add tomatoes and feta, then the warm mushrooms and onion on top.

Dressing

Mix together equal portions of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and add roughly 1/2 tsp of dijon mustard. Add some salt & pepper. Drizzle over salad and serve.

Be sure to tell me how this turned out for you and if you’re as crazy in love with it as I am!

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