Pickled Onion & Mushroom Salad

I must admit this salad does require some prepping but the way I actually created it was with a bunch of leftovers I had one day in the fridge. I was really craving a refreshing and delicious salad so I put some stuff I already had together and couldn’t believe how well the ingredients complimented each other. Ever since, I have made it countless times and always make sure I add the same ingredients because they just compliment each other so well. Not to mention that every single ingredient is so incredibly good for you. Try it! 

[Serves 2]


  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa ( notes below)
  • 1/2 cup pickled onions ( notes below)
  • 1 cup sautéed mushrooms (notes below)
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils (notes below)
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 4 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • goat cheese to top



  1. In a small pot, add 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of quinoa and cook on high until it boils. Once it boils, lower the heat to low and cook until fully cooked. (You can and should make more quinoa while you’re at it to keep in your fridge for other use)
  2. In a jar, mix 1 red onion with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar. Mix it up and use after an hour. You can keep the rest in the fridge for other use.
  3. Saute 3 cups of mushrooms with 1 tbs olive oil until mushrooms are fully cooked. Use all the mushrooms as they will shrink down to 1 cup. 
  4. Boil the lentils in water until they are fully cooked but still “al dente” 
  5. Mix all the ingredients together once they have all cooled except for the goat cheese. No dressing required unless you want to drizzle with some olive oil and lemon.


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Tatiana Merciyan

Author: Tatiana Merciyan

Tatiana Merciyan Rumi is a foodie at heart and a wife and mommy to Sam and Gia, who are her everything. She has always had a big love for food and culture and truly enjoys cooking as well as coming up with new and healthy recipes. She is Armenian and holds the pride of love and family dear to her heart. She is grateful for her upbringing and family roots who have introduced her to all ethnicities of food. In her spare time, she loves to travel and see how other people live, eat and enjoy their lives. Find more delicious recipes and food tips from her @ https://www.instagram.com/gratefulbelly/ and www.gratefulbelly.net.