Bright and fresh asparagus and cherry tomatoes are mixed with healthy and hearty quinoa and then tossed in a simple lemon basil vinaigrette. A perfect springtime salad!
Is anyone else really into springy recipes lately? The weather is warmer and all the trees are in bloom here in NYC – it is so gorgeous! And it has me in the mood to cook lighter, healthier foods. Ok well except for these. But Saturday morning calories don’t count, right? Especially if you work out first!
But in general, I’ve been making lots of spring salads and other dishes to showcase all the great produce of the season. And one of my favorite spring veggies is asparagus. Lucky for me, it was on our Mystery Dish list this month!! When I saw the list, I knew exactly what I was going to make - Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato in a simple Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.
Here are the ingredients she picked for us: garbanzo beans, eggs, flaxseed, cilantro, potatoes (any variety), bread, quinoa, lime, popcorn, dark chocolate, ground turkey, and asparagus.
I chose quinoa and asparagus for my light and healthy springtime salad.
This salad really couldn’t be easier. First, cook some quinoa according to the package directions. I like to use chicken broth instead of water for extra flavor. At the same time, cook your asparagus. I blanched mine – it makes it tender but still crisp, and keeps the color nice and bright. You could also roast, sautee, or steam the asparagus.
The vinaigrette uses two of my favorite flavors – lemon and basil. It is really simple and so easy to make – just whisk together some lemon juice, zest, honey, salt, pepper, olive oil, and basil! It tastes amazing – so light and fresh.
Then you toss the quinoa with the asparagus, some sliced cherry tomatoes, and the vinaigrette. That’s it! So easy, healthy, and delicious.
This salad is also very versatile. You can add cheese, protein, other veggies, toasted nuts – whatever you like or have on hand, just throw it in! TheBetterHalf and I ate this for dinner with some grilled chicken and feta cheese – a perfect springtime meal.
My blogging friends made some amazing things this month, so be sure to check them out! The links are below the picture collage. And stay tuned next month for a very special Mystery Dish host….ME! Yay!
1. Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake by Culinary Couture 2. Pineapple Cashew Quinoa “Fried Rice” by Blahnik Baker 3. Chili Lime Popcorn by The Pajama Chef 4. Cilantro Lime Hummus by The Weary Chef 5. Gluten Free White Bean Brownies by Yummy Healthy Easy 6. Homemade Popcorn with Cilantro Lime Butter by The Well Floured Kitchen 7. Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad by Joyful Healthy Eats 8. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato by Chez Catey Lou 9. Key Lime Pie Popcorn by I Dig Pinterest 10. Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole by I Want Crazy 11. Frozen Pineapple Cilantro Mojito by Baking a Moment 12. Pretzel Caramel Crunch by The Dessert Chronicles
Craving more healthy veggie dishes? Try some of these!