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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado & Lemon Basil Dressing

Spring Quinoa Salad Recipe

It is spring, right? I think it is, but mother nature is telling me otherwise. It’s been cold and we’ve even had snow in Utah this week. Yes, snow, the white stuff that I wish would go away until Christmas day. We’ve been cooped up inside this week-no park, no runs, and no walks. Poor little Caleb is itching to get outside to play. I hope the weather cheers up soon!

I’ve been trying to think spring all week. I did some spring cleaning and spring cooking. I made a Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado and Lemon Basil Dressing this week. I didn’t even care it was snowing outside while I was eating my spring salad. The spring flavors made me forget all about the winter weather.

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I think this is my new favorite quinoa salad. I love our Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Tomatoes, but this salad is giving it a run for it’s money! I am smitten by this salad! I love everything about it!

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First of all, it’s easy to make. Second, look at all of the green! Third, there are peas involved-yay for peas! And finally, it is healthy and fresh! Swimsuit season is around the corner so I am trying to focus on healthy eating.

Well, I was trying until my dad came to visit and made his famous cinnamon rolls. So maybe I should say I am trying to focus on balance. Healthy eating, exercise, cinnamon rolls, and cookies. They can all play nicely together. After stuffing my face with a big fat cinnamon roll, I redeemed myself by eating this healthy salad for dinner…and I worked out extra hard the next morning. It’s all about balance.

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This salad fits the bill for the healthy eating part. It is loaded with healthy ingredients! Quinoa, asparagus, peas, avocado, and a light lemon basil dressing. It’s gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan, if you use agave nectar instead of honey in the dressing. This salad is great as a main dish or served as a side. It is also great served warm or chilled. See, this salad is a winner all around!

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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocados & Lemon Basil Dressing

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

A fresh, healthy, and easy salad for spring!

Ingredients:

For the Dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small bunch asparagus, about 15 spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup frozen peas
1 avocado, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped basil

Directions:

1. In a small bowl or medium jar, combine the dressing ingredients. Whisk to combine or shake with the jar lid on tight. Set aside.

2. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

3. While the quinoa is cooking, cook the asparagus. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the asparagus and fresh lemon juice. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, asparagus, peas, and avocado. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until well coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the fresh basil and serve.

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87 Responses to “Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado & Lemon Basil Dressing”

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    Erica — April 19, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    You always find a way to combine some of my most favorite flavors! Hopefully this beautiful, springy dish will bring warmer weather your way!

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    Yum! Great idea! I love quinoa and it’s been a while since I made it. I have to give this recipe a go!! Have a great weekend!

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    It is totally spring! And it’s raining all the time here in Ottawa to prove it! This looks so lovely, I can’t wait to try!

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    Tieghan — April 19, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    This beautiful! I love everything in it! Making it for lunch sometime soon!

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    Connie Wilkerson — April 19, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    This salad looks totally awesome. With the creaminess of the avocado and the freshness of the peas and asparagus, and packed with protein too, what could be better? I can’t wait to try it!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 19, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    All of this green makes me so happy! And that dressing sounds so yummy and fresh. Yay for spring! :)

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    natalie @ wee eats — April 19, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    So healthful and spring-y, I think it’ll make a great addition to my lunch rotation!

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    Liz — April 19, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Love this healthy, healthy salad. Thank you. Have a great weekend!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 19, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    I love everything about this salad! Here in New York we’re also having the winter that won’t quit and I’m sitting around pretending it’s spring and eating spring foods and hoping… :)

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    Stephanie — April 19, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    Brilliant! I’ve been looking for new quinoa recipes and I love adding avocados.

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    Rachel @ TwinTough — April 19, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Looks healthy and delicious! :)

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    So full of vibrant spring flavors! Love it!

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    Ashley Rabon — April 19, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    OMG y’all I just made this for dinner and it was a HUGE hit! SO yummy!!! Thanks for an awesome recicpe!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — April 19, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    So green and fresh, definitely time for some spring flavors! This salad looks great for lunch!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 19, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I’m definitely loving all the greens in this!

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    Deon@ipinnedit.com — April 19, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Oh my. Avocados simply cannot be beat for their creaminess and mellow flavor, and this pairing with another fave, asparagus, simply makes this divine! Brilliant! YUM!

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    Joanne — April 19, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    This is definitely a gorgeous spring meal even if the weather isn’t acting accordingly!

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    Sandi — April 19, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    Ok….made this for dinner tonight and all I have to say is ……HOLY YUMM!!!!!! I will be making this until I burn myself out on it!!
    Got to thinking though….what if you double the garlic, swap the basil for cilantro, swap the lemon for lime, and add some crushed red pepper? Think it would work?? I think I am going to try it!!
    Thank you for sharing this!!!

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    Cookin Canuck — April 20, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Yep, I could eat this every day of the week. These are perfect springtime flavors, Maria! I hope you had a fun visit with you dad.

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    Wow…this looks fantastic! While different, it reminds me a little of the dinner I made last night…farro with asparagus, sautéed leeks and onions, edamame and pinenuts. Must try this one (which I bet would go nicely with farro as well). LOVE avocado.

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    Laura Dembowski — April 20, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    life is definitely all about balance. This spring has just been terrible. I don’t remember any other April’s without any truly nice days. Maybe this means summer will be extra long :) Love quinoa and this salad sounds great!

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    Leslie — April 20, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    This just SCREAMS SPRING!! Love it Maria

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 21, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    So much fun spring color!! I love this in every way.

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    Sally@GoodDinnerMom — April 21, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am making this very soon! I love quinoa with vegetables and this looks amazing. If you like other variations, I’d love to share my Quinoa with Broccoli Pesto recipe with you. You can find it on my site. (I promise I’m not trying to spam, which is why I didn’t post the link.) Love your blog. :)

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    Paula - bell'alimento — April 21, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Spring in a bowl! Loverly!

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    This sounds SO lovely! All my favorite things in a light, refreshing salad. Love it!

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    Elaine — April 21, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    I just made this quinoa salad for a light dinner. It is absolutely delicious!!! I didn’t have fresh basil, so I used dried, but the taste comes through. I love your site and check it very often, thanks so much!!!

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    Rose — April 23, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    This looks great! I’ll definitely be making this :D

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 23, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    It’s just starting to feel like spring here in Michigan… however it was a sunny 70 degrees one day and 40 the next! This quinoa salad sure does have spring written all over it!

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    made this yesterday for lunch…it came out so good! loved it…thanks so much for the great recipe :)

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    Rachel — April 23, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Just in time for spring! This looks so refreshing and delicious. Can’t wait to try it!!

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    Becca C. — April 23, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    Are there any good substitutions for the Asparagus?

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    Christine C. — April 24, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    This was a fantastic meal! I made this last night and have to say it’s a Keeper! I have never had quinoa nor cooked it before. I used my Aroma Rice Cooker which cooked it perfectly on the white rice setting! It is perfect for gluten free diets. I didn’t have fresh basil yet but I used the oregano that was growing in my herb garden, it was a nice mild oregano. The fresh lemon makes the flavors work! Thanks for the wonderful new experience!

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    El — April 24, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    I love your avocado recipes. Thank you. This looks great.

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    Sweetsugarbelle — April 25, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    It’s going to have to be balance for me too! I came looking for the cinnamon rolls and got distracted my the quinoa. That means there’s hope, right?!

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    lisa — April 25, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    ooh, I happen to have some cooked quinoa in the freezer, bought asparagus & an avocado today, so now I know what’s for dinner!

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    Amanda — April 29, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    SO. DARN. GOOD.

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    Gretchen — May 7, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Yummmm!!

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