Loaded Spinach Salad

This, my friends, is TBS.

The. Best. Salad.


Actually, it’s so good that I’ve eaten it for dinner two nights in a row. That’s right. The exact same salad. And quite honestly, I’ll probably eat it again tonight. What can I say…I’m a creature of habit. In fact, if it weren’t for my hubby, I wouldn’t have a food blog…because I’d just eat the same four things over and over…and no one wants to see that. So for his sake (and yours!) I usually try to get a little more creative in the kitchen.

BUT since the hubby has been busy with work for the past few nights, I’ve allowed myself the indulgence of repetitive eating :)

So let’s build this salad, shall we?

Start with about 2 cups of baby spinach. Add 1/2 c quinoa. Then pile on the toppings. This should include, but is not limited to:
-red peppers
-red onions (forgot these the first night!)
-roasted sweet potato

Top with sesame ginger dressing and dig in!

Lather, rinse, repeat for night 2!

I enjoyed the other half of my red pepper and the other half of my apple on the side each night! Protein, veggies and fruit- oh my! There’s not a single thing about this salad that I don’t LOVE :)

So tell me, what’s your absolute favorite salad topping?


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. That does look like the best salad ever!

    I like to put nuts and seeds on my salad…it doesn’t feel complete without them :)
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  2. That looks SO delicious. I love roasted sweets on a salad. :) Honestly, I’m not sure what there is that I DON’T love on a salad. Lately I’m all about spaghetti squash…
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  3. Those colors are amazing! It’s probably the most beautiful salad, too. I love the addition of quinoa. What a great way to sneak in some protein.
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  4. My favorite salad topping (albeit doesn’t make it complete in and of itself) is sliced almonds or sunflower seeds. It adds such a perfect crunch that I love in salads! :)
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  5. Yum that salad does look so good! I love to have salads for lunch with leftovers from dinner the night before…. they can end up being VERY random!
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  6. wow, that salad does look quite amazing! my favorite salad topping? cheese, duh! i also love black olives, artichoke hearts, and sun dried tomatoes!

  7. This looks like a good salad shakeup! I’m a fan of cheese and chickpeas on my salad!
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  8. Your salad looks fantastic! I love sweet potatoes in just about any way possible. My favorite salad right now is mixed greens with goat cheese, dried cranberries and a honey-mustard-balsamic vinaigrette!
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  9. I love when I find just the right salad components! My favorite dressing is actually salsa or something lemon based.

  10. That salad looks so delish! I have the same type of salad at least once a day too! Lately its been hummus and meatless meatballs that have been making frequent appearances. Where do you buy sesame ginger dressing?!
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  11. Yum! I love fruit in salad. This salad looks stocked! Well done.
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  12. With the right combo of veggies, I LOVE blue cheese on top. I’ve been crazy about red peppers lately, they have been so good!
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  13. What lovely pictures! I love how you added the sweet potato to the salad.
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  14. I am the EXACT same way…if not for Josh…I’d eat a lot of the same things every day! The salad looks awesome. Fruit is the best on top of salads. Grapes are probably my ideal fruit on top! And goat cheese or feta…Deliciousness!
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  15. I love almost anything with sweet potatoes in it, so I’m definitely excited to try this salad out. Have you tried it with sweet peppers instead?

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