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Nourishing Quinoa Detox Salad + More Happy Things & Healthy Living Tips!

You’ll love this nourishing quinoa detox salad packed with veggies, berries, chickpeas & almonds. See how to make it & find out what else I’m loving in this week’s edition of Happy Things, Healthy Living Tips!

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HAPPY THING NO. 1 | Nourishing Quinoa Detox Salad {Gluten Free, Vegan, Low FODMAP Option}

Quinoa detox salad on a plate loaded with vegetables, blueberries, chickpeas, and almonds.

I enjoyed EVERY.SINGLE.BITE. of this nutrient dense & super nourishing quinoa detox salad that was served at a DIFM {Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine} Symposium I attended in Chicago last week. The topic was Feed Your Brain, Feed Your Genes, and I can’t wait to share what I learned with you, but in the meantime, you MUST make this salad.

It really is superfood for your brain and body, rich in detox enhancing cruciferous veggies + brain boosting berries, leafy greens, nuts, and other good stuff.  I shared the photo on Facebook, and it got lots of love, so I  attempted to recreate the recipe, albeit without ingredient amounts~I’ll leave that up to you!

Let’s make a detox salad!

This delicious & refreshing quinoa salad {gluten free, vegan, low FODMAP option} is packed with detox friendly veggies, brain friendly blueberries, + protein & fiber rich chickpeas & almonds. Top it off with your favorite dressing, for a super nourishing plant powered salad!

Nourishing Quinoa Detox Salad

This delicious & refreshing quinoa detox salad is packed with veggies, blueberries, chickpeas, & almonds. Top it off with your favorite dressing, for a super nourishing plant powered salad!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 servings


  • 1 cup Cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup Cooked or canned chickpeas
  • 2 cups Leafy greens, i.e. arugula, kale, baby, spinach, etc
  • 1/2 cup Chopped raw broccoli
  • 1/4 cup Chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup Chopped raw cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup Chopped red/yellow/orange bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Chopped mango
  • 2 tablespoons Dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons Slivered almonds
  • Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, to taste


  • Cook the quinoa according to directions, or heat up frozen, pre-cooked quinoa in the microwave, and pour it into a large serving bowl.
  • Add the cooked or canned chickpeas to the quinoa.
  • Add greens, chopped veggies, blueberries, mango, and slivered almonds to the quinoa and chickpeas.
  • Make the dressing, and pour desired amount over ingredients. Stir well to toss before serving.


LOW FODMAP OPTION: Use canned, drained, and rinsed chickpeas, and limit to 1/2 cup per serving. Limit broccoli to 1/2 cup per serving {or use only broccoli heads, not stems}. Omit cauliflower & mango. Limit dried cranberries to 1 tablespoon per serving, and limit almonds to ~ 2 tablespoons per serving.
EASY MAKE AHEAD MEAL: This refreshing quinoa salad can be made ahead of time, and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s delicious the next day, served as leftovers for lunch!
NOTES: Adjust ingredient amounts to preference. Nutrition information does not include vinaigrette.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2866IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, MIND Diet, Vegan
Keyword detox recipes, healthy salad recipes
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(Related: How to Boost Your Brain Health with a MIND Diet Meal Plan)

HAPPY THING NO. 2. | Fun Food Finds at FNCE


Another fun thing I did while I was in Chicago last week, was sample new foods at FNCE {Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo}. There were so many fun food finds I tried~these are just a handful of my favorites…

  1. Zupa Superfood SoupI sampled Cucumber Avocado, one of their 8 flavors, and loved it! This is a delicious way to eat more veggies & boost your daily dose of fiber, not to mention it’s SO EASY~just open the bottle & enjoy! All the soups are gluten free, vegan, low in sugar, and certified organic. Buy them online, or find them at your local supermarket. Have you tried them yet? I’d love to hear what you think too!
  2. Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps. I’ve been a fan of Farmhouse Culture Kraut for awhile now, but this was my first time trying their Krisps {i.e. chips}, and I really liked them a a lot. Probiotic rich sauerkraut is the main ingredient in all the Krisps, but, if you’re not a sauerkraut fan, trust me, you’d never know it! Buy ’em on Thrive Market{affiliate link} or find them in a store near you.
  3. Schar Gluten Free Artisan Baker Multigrain Bread. This gluten free bread made with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax, and honey, is one of my new favorite gluten free breads. Big Tex really likes it too~It even tastes good un-toasted, so it’s a delicious option for school lunch sandwiches. Buy it at a store near you, or on Thrive Market{affiliate link}.
  4. P-nuff Crunch Baked Peanut Puffs. With a hint of sweetness {only 2 grams of sugar per serving}, plus a pinch of salt {I love a good sweet & salty snack!}, fiber & protein {from beans & brown rice}, these P-nuff Crunch Puffs were a delicious discovery that I think both kids AND adults will enjoy for a healthier snack. Find ’em on Amazon {affiliate link} or, at a store near you {I think they’re only available on the East coast right now}.

Disclosure: I was sponsored by Schär to speak on a celiac/gluten sensitivity panel at FNCE. I was not compensated to write this post. I enjoy sharing products with you that I personally use and like.

HAPPY THING NO. 3 | Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae for Breakfast!

Can you guess the nourishing superfood in this DELICIOUS Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Sundae? #DailyHarvest #Superfoods #GlutenFree #Vegan

I’ve been working hard taste testing smoothies, soups, and sundaes from Daily Harvest, so I can share my favorites with you. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it 🙂 This Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae (Gluten Free & Vegan) is one of my favorites~betcha’ can’t guess the secret ingredient in it! Or, can you???

So far, my other favorites include: Smoothies (Mango + Papaya, Mint + Cacao, Cold Brew Almond, & Strawberry + Peach), Sundaes (Chocolate Hazelnut, Coffee Crunch), and Soups (Coconut + Carrot, Cauliflower + Leek, Mushroom + Miso).

I don’t eat them every day, but I keep a stash in my freezer for busy days when I want a quick & easy breakfast or lunch, that’s super nourishing as well. If you haven’t tried Daily Harvest yet, definitely give it a try and use my code “eastewart” for 3 free products off your first order.

Try It Out–> Daily Harvest (affiliate link)

HAPPY THING NO. 4 | Pecans for Eating AND Entertaining

Succulents, pecan, and eucalyptus leaves make a beautiful centerpiece for entertaining!

Don’t these succulents, pecans, and eucalyptus leaves look together?! This centerpiece was on display at a dinner I attended in Chicago, hosted by The American Pecan Council. We were treated to a delicious dinner featuring, you guessed it, all things pecans including the most amazing Wood Grill Farm Apples with Pecan Crema, Apple Vinaigrette, & Pecorino Cheese. Swoon!!!

I’ve got lots to share with you on pecans in another post, but for now, I’ll let you in on a little fun fact that pecans are the only nut native to America. Did you know that?? Oh, and if you’re looking for a fun Thanksgiving centerpiece idea, I think this one looks so pretty and festive, not too mention easy enough for a non-crafty person like me to put together. What about you? Are you crafty, or non-crafty???

Disclosure: The American Pecan council hosted me at this dinner. I was not compensated to write this post.

HAPPY THING NO. 5 | Fall Family Trip to Colorado & Wyoming

Family Trip to Colorado & Wyoming | EA Stewart, Spicy RD Nutrition @thespicyrd

Last but not least, I had to share these photos with you from our recent family trip to Colorado & Wyoming, because nothing makes me happier, than traveling with my family!

We took a long weekend trip to go to Mr. Spicy’s homecoming at The University of Wyoming {Yay Pokes! They beat New Mexico 42-3!!!}, caught up with good friends, and took a side trip to University of Colorado Boulder so the kids could get a look at the school.

It was really fun getting in some quality family time before the craziness of the holidays sets in, and we loved the cooler temps, along with a light dusting of snow~so pretty!

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  1. Did you know that {dried} cranberries might be beneficial for gut health by making a positive impact on the gut microbiome? Get your delicious cranberry inspiration here –> 45 Healthy Cranberry Recipes from Registered Dietitians.
  2. Are you familiar with the health benefits of resistant starch? I shared some info in this post featuring my Happy Belly Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites, and if you want to learn more about this prebiotic rich food, integrative dietitian Danielle Omar, at Food Confidence, shares some good information in her post, Resistant Starch: What Is It, and Why Is It Good for You?
  3. The low FODMAP diet can be tricky, especially when you’re just starting out. Here are some common mistakes plus tips on how to navigate the low FODMAP diet successfully. –> 6 Common FODMAP Mistakes.
  4. Looking for some new, high protein vegetarian recipes to try? These 20 High Protein Vegetarian Recipes from Stacey Mattinson, look absolutely delicious!
  5. I haven’t been able to take my eyes off this  mouth-wateringly delicious looking Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower Dip from Cotter Crunch. Make a batch ahead of time, and pair it with veggies + gluten-free crackers/toast for an easy weeknight dinner. Yum!

Let’s Chat! Have you made a detox salad before? What’s making YOU happy this week?

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10 thoughts on “Nourishing Quinoa Detox Salad + More Happy Things & Healthy Living Tips!”

  1. I finally got around to making this salad. It is as delicious as it looks! And it’s so easy to make. It was a hit with my kids, too!

  2. I absolutely love quinoa salads. I make one at least every other week, and often just make a batch of plain quinoa and throw in whatever raw or cooked veggies I have on hand! Thanks for sharing your food finds from FNCE. Was sad to miss it this year.

  3. That quinoa salad look amazing! For those who might have difficulty digesting cruciferous veggies, I’ve found lightly steaming them before adding to a salad to be helpful. Love all these photos and links too!

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