Recipe: Quinoa Asparagus Salad

Recipe: Quinoa Asparagus Salad

A Delicious Vegetarian Dish that serves as a complete protein. Recipe and instructions by Proline Organic expert Thomas DeLauer.

Eating healthy and organic is expensive, it takes so much time and effort, and it tastes horrible… Right? This couldn’t be further from the truth, and this easy, inexpensive and delicious Quinoa Asparagus Salad is the perfect recipe to debunk all of those health hindering rumors out there. This salad is packed full of enough vitamins, nutrients, protein and layers of flavor to make meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians alike line up and sing Kumbaya in the organic section of the nearest grocery store. Yes, it’s THAT good. Enjoy this powerhouse of a salad all on its own or add your favorite protein to give it that extra “wow factor” (my favorite is topping it with a wild caught salmon steak!). It is even an awesome option to take along with you as a cold lunch the following day. After all, they say revenge is best served cold, and this dish will have you looking amazing and (tactfully) serving up all kinds of revenge on a silver platter at your next high school reunion.

Quinoa Asparagus Salad

1 cup dry quinoa
1 large haas avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes
¾ cup cooked asparagus
2-3 cups mixed greens
¼ cup Bragg Ginger and Sesame salad dressing
Pink Himalayan salt, to taste

Cook the quinoa according to package directions, being sure to thoroughly rinse the quinoa prior to cooking.

Meanwhile, halve the cherry tomatoes and segment the cooked asparagus into ½ to 1 inch slices. Next, peel and dice the avocado and give the mixed greens a rough chop. Set all of the veggies aside.

When quinoa has finished cooking, transport it to a large bowl, then add the mixed greens and asparagus. Toss lightly with a fork. Next, add the cherry tomatoes, Bragg Ginger and Sesame salad dressing, and Pink Himalayan salt to the quinoa, and toss a second time.. Lastly, because they are soft and fragile, carefully toss in the haas avocado, being sure that it is well dispersed throughout the salad.

Enjoy immediately as a main dish or as a side dish to the protein of your choice, or refrigerate and enjoy a healthy blend of flavors at your convenience.

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