Spinach is rich in a substance called glutathione, an antioxidant that can deactivate many cancer-causing agents that can damage cells. Glutathione also protects the lens of the eye from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. Since cooking spinach causes glutathione to be lost, eating the spinach raw in a salad is the best way to ensure you get the maximum of this vital nutrient.
cup Quinoa, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
Tbsp Organic butter
cup Filtered water
Unrefined sea salt to taste
g unripened goat cheese
red onion, diced
Cucumber, halved and sliced
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Sprig of thyme, removed from stem
Tasty Healthy Salad Dressing (see recipe)
Tasty Healthy Salad Dressing
1. Mix all ingredients but the oils in a medium sized bowl. Slowly add the olive oil, pouring in a thin stream while whisking vigorously. You should see the mixture begin to thicken as you continue to whisk in the oil. Repeat the process with the flax oil. The result should be a thick, creamy dressing. Use dressing immediately.
Warm Spinach Salad with Quinoa
1. In a medium sized saucepan, melt organic butter on stovetop. Add quinoa, stirring frequently while it toasts in the bottom of the pot.
2. Once you can smell the toasted quinoa, add water and unrefined sea salt, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiled turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. When all the water has been absorbed remove from heat and let cool for ten minutes.
3. Toss spinach, goat's cheese, onion, cucumber, thyme and tomato in a large bowl. Add warm quinoa and toss. Pour over dressing and mix.