QUINOA, ASPARAGUS, AND FETA SALAD
A perfect spring, summer, or anytime salad. Loaded with protein and fiber, but so delicious you would never guess how healthy it is! If you are making the salad ahead of time, add the dressing just before serving to keep the asparagus an attractive bright green. Leftovers keep well for a couple of days.
Provided by AnnInLondon
Categories Salad Grains Quinoa Salad Recipes
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Pour water into a saucepan and bring to a boil; add quinoa and salt, stir, cover saucepan with a lid, and reduce heat to low. Simmer mixture until quinoa is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, let quinoa rest for 5 minutes, and transfer quinoa to a bowl to cool.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook uncovered until tender but still crisp, 2 to 3 minutes; drain in a colander and immediately immerse asparagus in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Drain.
- Stir asparagus, feta cheese, almonds, green onions, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest into quinoa.
- Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, Dijon mustard, and black pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture and stir gently to combine.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 237.7 calories, Carbohydrate 23.4 g, Cholesterol 16.8 mg, Fat 13 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 8.9 g, SaturatedFat 3.8 g, Sodium 346.1 mg, Sugar 5.7 g
QUINOA AND ASPARAGUS SALAD
This quinoa salad keeps things very simple, highlighting this nutty grain in tandem with lots of delicious fresh asparagus. It's a lot like tabbouli, but with a springtime touch.
Provided by Veg Kitchen
Categories Quinoa salad
Number Of Ingredients 10
- Combine the quinoa with 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. If you'd like a more tender grain, add 1/2 cup additional water and continue to simmer until the water is absorbed. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, scrape the bottom halves of the asparagus spears if need be. If fresh and tender, you can skip this step. Cut the asparagus into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
- Place the asparagus in a skillet with just enough water to keep the bottom moist. Cover and steam over medium heat just until bright green and tender-crisp.
- Transfer the asparagus to a colander and rinse with water until it's at room temperature.
- Combine with the quinoa and asparagus with the remaining ingredients in a serving bowl and mix well. Let stand for a few minutes, then serve. Pass around extra wedges of lime, if you'd like.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 163 kcal, Carbohydrate 22 g, Protein 5 g, Fat 7 g, SaturatedFat 1 g, Sodium 5 mg, Fiber 4 g, Sugar 2 g, UnsaturatedFat 5 g, ServingSize 1 serving
QUINOA AND ASPARAGUS SALAD
I had been cooking quinoa sort of like pasta, in 3 parts water, then draining it and letting it dry in a towel-covered pan. This is a good way to obtain very fluffy grains, but sometimes my quinoa is soggy when I cook it this way, even after it rests under the towel. So, I decided to change the grain-to-water ratio and followed the directions on my Alter Eco quinoa packages (Alter Eco imports red, rainbow and pearl quinoas). I cooked the pearl and the red quinoas in 1 1/2 parts water and the rainbow in 2 parts water. The black quinoa in the rainbow mix takes a little longer to soften and requires a little more liquid. The grains were tighter and less moist than quinoa cooked in abundant water, and the yield was not as great because the grains don't swell as much. But I liked the results, especially for salads like this one. For this salad, I cook 1 cup of quinoa in 1 1/2 cups water to get a slightly tighter, drier grain. The dressing is a lemony buttermilk dressing.
Provided by Martha Rose Shulman
Categories salads and dressings
Yield 4 to 6 servings
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse several times with cold water. Place in a medium saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 15 minutes, until the grains display a threadlike spiral and the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat, remove the lid and place a dish towel over the pan, then return the lid to the pan and let sit for 10 minutes or longer undisturbed. Transfer to a salad bowl and fluff with forks.
- Steam the asparagus for 3 to 4 minutes, until just tender. Rinse with cold water, pat dry and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces. Add to the quinoa, along with the radishes, pine nuts, chives and tarragon.
- Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, salt, olive oil, buttermilk and pepper. Shortly before serving, toss with the quinoa and asparagus mixture. Sprinkle the feta over the top and serve. If desired, drizzle a teaspoon of the lemon-scented olive oil over each serving.
Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 186, UnsaturatedFat 5 grams, Carbohydrate 24 grams, Fat 7 grams, Fiber 4 grams, Protein 8 grams, SaturatedFat 2 grams, Sodium 480 milligrams, Sugar 3 grams
QUINOA SALAD WITH ASPARAGUS, GOAT CHEESE AND BLACK OLIVES
Provided by Bobby Flay
Yield 4 to 6 servings
Number Of Ingredients 15
- For the vinaigrette: Combine the vinegar, honey and mustard in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few times to incorporate.
- For the quinoa salad: Bring the salted water or vegetable stock to a boil and add the thyme. Stir in the quinoa, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Preheat the grill. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on all sides until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, fold in the asparagus, olives, goat cheese, basil and parsley. Add just enough vinaigrette to moisten the salad; don't make it too wet. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with more of the vinaigrette.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 477 calorie, Fat 29 grams, SaturatedFat 6 grams, Cholesterol 9 milligrams, Sodium 446 milligrams, Carbohydrate 43 grams, Fiber 5 grams, Protein 13 grams, Sugar 6 grams
QUINOA AND ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH MIMOSA VINAIGRETTE
- Put eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then cover pan, and remove from heat. Let eggs stand, covered, 15 minutes, then drain, and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool completely. Remove shells and finely grate eggs with a Microplane or the fine holes of box grater into a small bowl. Set aside.
- Rinse quinoa well in a large fine-mesh sieve under cold running water. Set sieve over a bowl and let quinoa drain well for at least 5 minutes. Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil with 1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher or fine) in a 3-quart saucepan. Add quinoa and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, 16 to 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let quinoa stand, covered, 5 minutes. Spoon quinoa onto a large rimmed baking sheet, spreading it in a single layer, and let it cool to room temperature.
- Cut scallions into 2-inch pieces. Halve each piece lengthwise, then slice lengthwise into thin strips (julienne). Transfer to a large bowl.
- Using vegetable peeler, peel lengthwise strips from asparagus, beginning at bottom end, and add to scallion. Once you can't peel any more slices from a stalk, break off the thick end (reserving it for another use, such as soup) and add the remaining thin strip to bowl with scallions.
- Whisk together lemon juice with honey and 3/4 teaspoon kosher (1/2 teaspoon fine) salt until smooth. Add oil in a steady stream, whisking until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired, then whisk in grated eggs.
- Transfer quinoa to another large bowl and toss with herbs and 1/2 cup vinaigrette, or to taste. Toss asparagus with 3 tablespoons vinaigrette and salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon quinoa onto salad plates, and top with a tangle of asparagus and scallion. Serve remaining vinaigrette on the side, or save, chilled, for another salad.
RED QUINOA SALAD WITH WALNUTS, ASPARAGUS AND DUKKAH
I had initially envisioned a salad in which the asparagus was cut into short lengths and tossed with the quinoa. But the colorful asparagus got lost in the quinoa, and since I love the look of the bright green asparagus against the red grain (O.K., "pseudograin"), I remade this and garnished it with the steamed asparagus. The quinoa, tossed with chives, parsley, walnuts and a lemony vinaigrette, is sprinkled with dukkah before serving, a surprising touch.
Provided by Martha Rose Shulman
Categories dinner, lunch, salads and dressings
Yield Serves 4
Number Of Ingredients 13
- Steam asparagus for 3 to 4 minutes (4 if thick, 3 if thin) above 1 inch of boiling water. Remove from heat, rinse with cold water, drain and dry on dish towels, and set aside.
- Combine quinoa, chives, parsley and walnuts in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup whisk together lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, and oils. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add to quinoa mixture along with freshly ground pepper to taste, and toss together.
- Spoon quinoa onto plates or into bowls. Top each serving with 1/2 teaspoon dukkah. Garnish with asparagus spears and serve.
Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 402, UnsaturatedFat 22 grams, Carbohydrate 35 grams, Fat 26 grams, Fiber 7 grams, Protein 9 grams, SaturatedFat 3 grams, Sodium 617 milligrams, Sugar 3 grams, TransFat 0 grams
GRILLED ASPARAGUS AND QUINOA SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE AND BLACK OLIVE VINAIGRETTE
Provided by Bobby Flay | Bio & Top Recipes
Yield 4 servings
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Heat grill. Brush asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill on both sides until just cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and cut in half.
- Bring 8 cups of salted water to a boil. Add quinoa and cook until soft. Drain and rinse with cold water and drain again. Place the quinoa in a medium bowl and add red wine vinegar, olive oil, parsley and 1/4 cup of olive vinaigrette. Stir to combine. Place on plate and top with goat cheese, asparagus, whole nicoise olives, sliced tomato and parsley sprigs.
- Black Olive Vinaigrette: Combine vinegar, mustard, chile powder, olives and olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth.
QUINOA AND ASPARAGUS
Make and share this Quinoa and Asparagus recipe from Food.com.
Provided by Nicole Aanenson Cra
Yield 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and carrot in butter 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Stir in quinoa. Cook and stir 1 minute.
- Pour 1 cup of hot broth over quinoa and add seasoning packet. Cook uncovered about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed. Stir in asparagus. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook 15 to 20 minutes longer, adding broth 1 cup at a time and stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed; remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- *For softer grains increase broth and cooking time.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 238.6, Fat 9.1, SaturatedFat 4.4, Cholesterol 17.1, Sodium 114.8, Carbohydrate 32.2, Fiber 4.9, Sugar 2.7, Protein 8.5
QUINOA WITH ASPARAGUS AND PRESERVED LEMON DRESSING
This tasty quinoa recipe is adapted from Joan Nathan's "New American Cooking."
Provided by Martha Stewart
Categories Food & Cooking Salad Recipes
Number Of Ingredients 9
- Fill a pot fitted with a steamer basket with enough water to cover the bottom of the pot without touching the basket; bring to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Place asparagus in steamer basket; cover and cook until asparagus is barely tender, but still crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer asparagus to water bath until cool; drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Add quinoa and cook, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover skillet; let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Transfer quinoa to a serving platter. Add asparagus and toss to combine. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with pine nuts and basil, garnish with chopped preserved lemons. Serve hot or at room temperature.
ASPARAGUS QUINOA SALAD
- Put the quinoa in a strainer and rinse it for a minute or two under running water. Put the water and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, or until soft. (When it's done, the quinoa seeds will have little wisps spiraling off of them-this is the germ separating from the seed.) Drain the quinoa in a strainer.
- While the quinoa is cooking, break off and discard the tough ends of the asparagus and cut the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Place in a saucepan, add about 1/2 inch of water, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until barely tender. (Alternatively, if you have a microwave, place the asparagus in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a few tablespoons of water, cover with plastic wrap or wax paper, and microwave on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until barely tender.) Drain the asparagus and place it under cold running water for 1 minute to cool it down.
- Cut the kalamata olives into thin slices. Cut the tomato in half, scrape the seeds out of the tomato with a small tool or your finger, and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Finely grate 1 teaspoon of the lemon peel. Be careful to only grate the yellow part; the white pith underneath is bitter. Squeeze 3 tablespoons of juice from the lemon.
- Place the quinoa in a bowl with the asparagus, kalamata olives, tomato, and lemon zest and stir until combined. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil and pour over the quinoa mixture. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with the feta cheese.
- bargain shopper
- Grains such as quinoa, bulgur wheat, and rice are available prepackaged in most grocery stores. But you can save a substantial amount of money by purchasing them from the bulk food section at a natural food store. For that matter, many supermarkets now have bulk food sections, too.
GARDEN QUINOA SALAD
This recipe is special to me because it's delicious as well as healthful. Serve it hot or cold, and enjoy the leftovers while they're fresh! -Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 4 servings.
Number Of Ingredients 12
- In a large saucepan, cook and stir quinoa over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes or until toasted. Add water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl., Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus and snap peas; cook, uncovered, 2-4 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Remove vegetables and immediately drop into ice water., Return water to a boil. Add green beans; cook 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove beans and drop into ice water. Drain vegetables; pat dry. , In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, parsley, lemon zest and salt. Add tomatoes and blanched vegetables to quinoa; drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Top with pumpkin seeds.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 417 calories, Fat 15g fat (2g saturated fat), Cholesterol 0 cholesterol, Sodium 533mg sodium, Carbohydrate 58g carbohydrate (6g sugars, Fiber 9g fiber), Protein 16g protein.
QUINOA SALAD WITH ASPARAGUS
Make and share this Quinoa Salad With Asparagus recipe from Food.com.
Provided by Kiwi Kathy
Yield 4 , 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 14
- Combine water and quinoa in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, preheat a large chargrill on high. Spray lightly with oil. Cook the asparagus for 2-3 minutes or until tender crisp. Add the asparagus, capsicum, feta, sunflower seed kernels, shallot and parsley to the quinoa.
- Whisk the lemon juice, honey, oil and paprika in a small bowl until well combined. Add the dressing and rocket to the quinoa mixture. Season with pepper and toss to combine.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 364.5, Fat 14.5, SaturatedFat 4, Cholesterol 16.7, Sodium 262.2, Carbohydrate 47.1, Fiber 9.8, Sugar 9.4, Protein 17.5
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- Cook the quinoa (I like to make extra for more salads and for breakfast, 1 cup of dry quinoa yields over 3 cups cooked quinoa). Combine rinsed quinoa with twice as much water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed, remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
- Shave the asparagus with a vegetable peeler. To do so, hold the touch end of the asparagus against a cutting board, and peel from the tough end toward the tip. (See tips above)
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