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Quinoa, Jackfruit, and Spinach Salad

Nourishing Harmony: The Quinoa, Jackfruit, and Spinach Salad

Quinoa, Jackfruit, and Spinach Salad

I've always believed that the journey to a healthy and happy life is paved with good food — food that nourishes not just the body but also the soul. It’s with this belief that I want to share a recipe that has become a favorite of mine: Quinoa and Jackfruit Salad with Spinach. This dish isn’t just another item on the menu; it’s a vibrant blend of flavors, textures, and nutrients that align perfectly with my philosophy of nourishing both the body and soul.

At the heart of this salad is quinoa, a grain that’s not only versatile but packed with fiber and considered a complete protein source. It's such a fantastic way to get that essential energy boost and keep the digestive system happy. Then there's the jackfruit, which adds an incredible texture and is brimming with vitamin C and potassium. It’s amazing how it enriches the salad, making every forkful a delightful surprise.

The spinach in this salad is a game-changer for me. Its iron-rich goodness supports energy levels and overall well-being. Throw in some red bell peppers for a pop of color and a dose of vitamins A and C, creamy avocado for heart-healthy fats, and a tangy dressing of olive oil and lime juice, and you've got a dish that’s as nutritious as it is delicious.

Every component of this salad is chosen for its health benefits, aiming to support heart health, boost the immune system, and offer anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoying this salad feels like giving my body a nourishing embrace, supplying it with everything it needs to thrive while also making my taste buds dance with joy.

So, if you’re looking for a dish that you’ll enjoy making and eating repeatedly, this Quinoa and Jackfruit Salad with Spinach is it. It’s a great salad to have over and over again, offering a delightful way to eat healthily and feel great about the choices we make at the dining table. Let’s enjoy the goodness of eating well, one flavorful spoonful at a time.

Quinoa, Jackfruit, and Spinach Salad

Quinoa and Jackfruit Salad with Spinach Recipe:


  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)

  • 1 can young green jackfruit (in water or brine, drained and shredded)

  • 2 cups fresh spinach (roughly chopped)

  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)

  • 1 avocado (diced)

  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let it cool to room temperature.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the shredded jackfruit, chopped spinach, diced bell pepper, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.

  3. Add the cooled quinoa to the bowl.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined.

  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until everything is evenly coated.

  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the juice of 1 lime.

Nutrition Facts (per serving, serves 4):
  • Calories: 350

  • Protein: 9g

  • Fat: 15g (Saturated: 2g, Unsaturated: 13g)

  • Carbohydrates: 45g (Fiber: 10g, Sugars: 5g)

  • Sodium: Low (varies based on added salt and jackfruit brine)

Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve this salad as a main dish for lunch or dinner.

  • It pairs beautifully with grilled tofu or a lemony roasted chicken for those who include animal proteins in their diet.

  • This dish can also be a refreshing side salad for picnics or potlucks.

Storage Recommendations:
  • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

  • It's best consumed within the first day or two, as the avocado might brown and the spinach may wilt.

  • If planning to store for later use, consider adding the avocado and dressing just before serving to maintain freshness.

This dish balances the nuttiness of quinoa, the meaty texture of jackfruit, and the freshness of spinach, making it a fulfilling and nutritious option for any meal.

Healthy Benefits of the Ingredients:

This Quinoa and Jackfruit Salad with Spinach isn't just a feast for the eyes; it's packed with a variety of health benefits thanks to its nutrient-rich ingredients. Here's a breakdown of some of the key health benefits each main ingredient brings to the table:


  • Complete Protein: Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source, crucial for building and repairing tissues.

  • Rich in Fiber: High in dietary fiber, quinoa helps in maintaining gut health and regularity. It also contributes to feeling full longer, which can aid in weight management.

  • Antioxidants: Contains a variety of antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals in the body, reducing inflammation and disease risk.


  • Vitamin C: High in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and aids in the absorption of iron from plant sources.

  • Potassium: Contains potassium, which is vital for maintaining blood pressure and heart health.

  • Disease Prevention: The antioxidants in jackfruit, like flavonoids and saponins, have been shown to offer protection against chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.


  • Iron: An excellent source of iron, which is crucial for creating hemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood.

  • Vitamin K: High in vitamin K, essential for bone health and proper blood clotting.

  • Eye Health: Contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of antioxidants that are known to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

Additional Ingredients:
  • Avocado: Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and potassium.

  • Red Bell Pepper: An excellent source of vitamins A and C, which are important for skin health and immune function.

  • Olive Oil: High in monounsaturated fats, and contains antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases.

  • Lime: Provides vitamin C and flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Together, these ingredients create a dish that's not only delicious but also supports overall health by offering a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that promote heart health, immune function, and more.

Disclaimer: The insights and recipes shared here come from personal experience and research, not from a medical or nutritional expert. For any dietary or health modifications, please consult a healthcare professional. Embrace this information as part of your wellness journey.

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