Spinach-Mango California Prunes Bowl

This Spinach-Mango California Prunes Bowl is a fun, fresh, and springy gut-friendly recipe that you can enjoy all season long!

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with California Prunes. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.

Close-up of a spinach-mango and prune bowl with grains.

Gut Health 101

Last year was a big year for “gut health” and 2020 continues that trend. More than ever, we’re identifying strong ties between a healthier gut and our total body wellness. 

Let’s break things down. The body is filled with trillions of bacteria, the majority of which live in the intestines. These are known as the gut microbiota. Our health is greatly impacted by this microbiota. This means, the food choices we make have a positive impact on the bacteria found there. A healthier gut is associated with reduced inflammation, improved immune function, and decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Much is still being learned about the role of gut microbiota and our health, but it’s no question that supporting a healthy gut is an important piece of the puzzle.

The Role of Food

We can play a direct role in our gut health by consuming a variety of pre-and-probiotic rich foods. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods including sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kombucha, kimchi, kefir, and certain yogurts. They enhance gut function by promoting a balance between the “good”/”bad” bacteria, supporting a healthy immune system, and may even aid with weight loss. On the other hand, PREbiotics are the non-digestible fibers and particles that serve as fuel for probiotics. The gut bacteria breaks these prebiotics and promotes the growth of healthful bacteria in the gut. Some food sources of prebiotics include: Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, leeks, oats, garlic, onions, and California Prunes.

A close-up shot of fresh California prunes

This Spinach-Mango California Prunes Bowl is a fun, fresh, gut-friendly recipe you can enjoy all season long! Prebiotic-rich prunes add sweetness and texture to this bright springy dish. Serve alongside grilled chicken or shrimp or enjoy all on its own! You are sure to love it.

Recipe Notes

Fresh is Best. If preparing ahead of time, store the salad components separate from the fruit and grains to reduce sogginess. Once prepared, salad will stay fresh and crunchy for up to a day. For a heartier green, swap spinach out for shredded kale or romaine.

Infuse with Flavor. To add an extra level of flavor, cook rice in broth or stock and season with extra lime juice. For a tropical twist, add a few tablespoons of coconut milk to the mix. These will add that extra pop of flavor.

Seasonal Swaps. In the winter, swap mango out for apples, persimmons, or citrus. Toasted or glazed nuts also add an extra level of fun. For a warm lunch, cook quinoa immediately before serving and toss together fresh.

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5 from 1 vote

Spinach-Mango California Prunes Bowl

A fresh and springy salad that deliciously supports a healthy gut!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Veggie
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 483kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked tricolor quinoa
  • 3 cups fresh spinach sliced into shreds
  • 1 cup California Prunes sliced into halves
  • 1 mango peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion

Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp minced shallot
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings per preference.
  • Add salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss well. Enjoy immediately. 

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal

Looking for more ways to enjoy prunes? Check out our fun and tasty way to enjoy prunes, check out our recipe for a Sweet & Spicy California Prune Sauce!

An overhead shot of a forkful of Spinach-Mango California Prunes salad bowl



4 thoughts on “Spinach-Mango California Prunes Bowl”

  • 5 stars
    Ok, I have a fresh bag of prunes on hand and, while plan quinoa and onion was the option in the pantry, I know my family will enjoy this as much as I did in my taste test! Fresh tasting flavors and vibrant colors.

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