Popeye Approved Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad is full of good for you ingredients, flavor and texture that will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied.
Do you find that sometimes you just need a reset? Don’t you wish we came with a re-boot button? It seems like everything else does? Most of the time I eat well balanced and healthy meals. Those times where I over-indulge just leave me feeling sluggish, tired and blah. When I start feeling like that, I just crave food that is good for me like this Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad.
I’m going to date myself here. I grew up watching the cartoon Popeye. All he had to do was squeeze a can of spinach into his mouth and he gained super powers that helped him defeat his nemesis, Brutus. I grew up eating spinach out of a can and had no idea that people ate it fresh.
The good news is that there is a lot of nutritious benefits from canned spinach. I love the fresh stuff now and it’s become a regular in our salads and dishes where I can sneak in a few greens like in my Healthy Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe. I also like loading up a salad with good for you ingredients that don’t add a lot of fat and calories. Salads can exceed 1200 calories and tons of fat if you don’t know what’s in them.
This salad starts with a pile of fresh spinach which is loaded with vitamins. Protein helps to keep you feeling full among other benefits. I’ve added quinoa which is higher in protein than other whole grains and chickpeas. Both add good carbs for energy and fiber too. I’ve also added shaved brussels sprouts that are said to have cancer reducing effects and to lower cholesterol. There is some feta on this salad because who doesn’t love cheese? Feta is lower in fat and calories than some other cheeses. Moderation is important. You can also see I’ve included a few diced dried apricots. I love the little bit of sweetness they add to a salad and the whole thing is lightly dressed in simple, balsamic dressing made with olive oil.
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Vegetarian Spinach Power Salad
- 12 cups Fresh Spinach Greens washed and shaken dry
- 1 cup quinoa cooked according to directions
- 1 cup chickpeas canned and drained
- 2 scallions sliced (white and green parts)
- 6 brussels sprouts sliced thinly
- 4 dried apricots diced
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive OIl
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp dried herbs I use Italian herbs
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients and shake together until blended.
- Divide spinach among 4 large bowls or plates. Add remaining ingredients.
- Drizzle lightly with Vinaigrette.
- Serve immediately.
So you have it. One delicious salad that helps me tackle my nemesis, the battle of the bulge! I ate this salad every day for a week and didn’t tire of it. Once you have all of the ingredients it’s a snap to throw together.
Here are a couple of my most popular salad recipes.