Foodie Friday

Healthy Recipe of the Week

Winter Opal® Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup Pomegranate Arils (divided)
  • 4 ounce Goat Cheese (crumbled, divided)
  • 1/2 cup Pistachios (crushed or chopped, divided)
  • 2 cups Red Quinoa (cooked)
  • 2 cups Beets (pickled or cooked, chopped)
  • 2 cups Opal® Apples (corned, chopped)
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach (chopped)
  • Handful of Green Onions or Fresh Herbs (*optional)
  • Dressing of Choice*


Reserve two (2) tablespoons each of the pomegranate arils and goat cheese and one (1) tablespoon of the pistachios. Set aside.

Place all of the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss. Garnish salad with reserved pomegranate arils, goat cheese, and pistachios. 

Serve immediately.

Yields: 4 servings 

*Recommended dressing is a store-bought Champagne vinaigrette, which pairs well with the salty-sweet crunchiness of the salad. A lighter alternative is a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic on top of the salad.


Costco Connection. (2021, December).

About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering people of all ages (young "kiddos" to the active aging "baby boomers") about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and rehabilitation aide—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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