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Quinoa Asparagus and Feta Salad

Rated as 4.48 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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Ingredients

35 m servings 238 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir asparagus, feta cheese, almonds, green onions, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest into quinoa.
  4. 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


Per Serving: 238 calories; 13 g fat; 23.4 g carbohydrates; 8.9 g protein; 17 mg cholesterol; 346 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I made this for my quinoa loving daughter and she was so pleasantly surprised when she tasted it. I think she was expecting my usual quinoa salad…she had no idea she was in for a lovely dressin...

Most helpful critical review

Didn't like it much. The balance of flavors is way off for me.

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I made this for my quinoa loving daughter and she was so pleasantly surprised when she tasted it. I think she was expecting my usual quinoa salad…she had no idea she was in for a lovely dressin...

I used gluten free quinoa and goat cheese( is find feta very salty) These are the only changes i made. I had this salad with a baked chicken breast and it was wonderful, it is a very tasty salad...

I really enjoyed this! Followed the recipe as written. Served with a balsamic grilled chicken and it was a good match. When I make this again (and I will) I will add a little garlic and decrease...

I was tempted to tweak this recipe, but so glad I didn't! Really nice balance of flavors; will make again and not change a thing!

didn't change anything - GREAT recipe!!!

I really liked this as a basic recipe! I added red and yellow cherry tomatoes, used lime instead of lemon and didn't use the mustard or EVOO but it still turned out AMAZING! Light, healthy and a...

Truthfully I have never cooked quinoa; but was looking for some healthy "different" dishes. Made it exactly as written, will sure do this again!!

This is yummy. Seriously super yummy. Make it.

I skipped the almonds and sautéed the asparagus with leeks, garlic and mushrooms and added fresh diced cucumbers, tomatoes and mint at the end. Served it with grilled salmon. This was the perfec...