Dopamine Delight Quinoa Salad: The Happy Bowl


Hey there, lunchtime enthusiasts! Are you ready to conquer the afternoon slump with a dish that’s not only delicious, but also a one-way ticket to a happy, focused brain? Say hello to the Dopamine Delight Quinoa Salad, aka “The Happy Bowl” – because who said lunch can’t be a party for your taste buds and your brain?


  • 1 cup quinoa (because we’re all about that complete protein!)
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (bursting with flavor!)
  • 1 cup baby spinach (for that nutrient-packed green power)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced (because crunch is crucial)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped (adds a zing!)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (because life is better with cheese)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (for that satisfying crunch)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (the good fat for your brain)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or balsamic vinegar (for a tangy twist)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup (for being naturally sweet)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste (because seasoning is key)


  • Quinoa Magic:
    • Rinse your quinoa under cold water.
    • In a saucepan, bring the quinoa and water (or vegetable broth) to a boil.
    • Reduce heat, cover, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and water is absorbed. Fluff it up with a fork.
  • Build Your Happy Bowl:
    • In a large bowl, mix your cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese and walnuts.
  • Dress to Impress:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
    • Drizzle this happiness-inducing dressing over your salad. Toss everything together like you’re mixing beats at a dance party.
  • Taste the Happiness:
    • Take a forkful and savor the explosion of flavors! Let the quinoa dance with the veggies and the dressing serenade your taste buds.
  • The Joyful Conclusion:
    • Congrats! You’ve just created a lunch that’s not only a feast for your senses but also a nutrient-packed powerhouse. The quinoa provides essential amino acids for dopamine production and the walnuts bring in omega-3 fatty acids to lower cortisol levels. It’s a win-win for your taste buds and your brain.

Now, go ahead and enjoy your Dopamine Delight Quinoa Salad – because a happy lunch makes for a productive afternoon! 🎉💚