Spring Quinoa Salad

April 11, 2013

Oh hello lovely blog friends. I’m sorry to have ignored you so much of late. I don’t know where this week has gone. Due to jet lag I was getting up a little later and I’ve been back and forth to the jeweler four times now to get my ring resized, but that shouldn’t have taken up 3 days of my life! I think I might still just be in proposal bliss. However, I know there are real life things to get to, like what to eat for dinner tonight. Let me help you out with that, eat this quinoa salad!

spring quinoa salad

I made it for lunch today and gobbled the whole bowl up in seconds. It’s bright and tasty, highlighting the best of the spring vegetables and paired with a new favorite, citrus champagne vinegar. How did I not know about this stuff before? I put it in the dressing and then drizzled a little more on the quinoa salad before I ate it. Holy delicious!

Spring Quinoa Salad (vegan, gluten-free)

For the salad:

3 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup peas, I used frozen but fresh would be excellent

8 asparagus spears, chopped

1 cup cooked chickpeas

1 green onion

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons citrus champagne vinegar (you can sub this for another vinegar but I highly recommend champagne vinegar)

Juice of 3 clementines

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon maple syrup (honey would work well here for those non-vegans)

pinch of salt

1 extra tablespoon champagne vinegar to drizzle after salad is prepared

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Cook quinoa according to these directions.

While quinoa is cooking steam asparagus and peas for 3-4 minutes until asparagus is tender but still crunchy.

Mix dressing ingredients together.

When quinoa is done place in a big bowl with asparagus, peas and chickpeas. Toss salad with dressing.

Add green onions to top of quinoa salad.

quinoa salad

The perfect quick lunch.

spring quinoa salad

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Malachite Bing April 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    yummy!

    • Reply Lisa April 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you! There aren’t even leftovers today 🙁

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