Quinoa Salad With Baby Greens, Pea Shoots, & Avocado Dressing

I enjoy combining fresh seasonal ingredients to create tasty salads, often serving them as our main course entree. For this salad, I wanted to focus on mostly green vegetables which I mixed with cooked quinoa for protein as well as to make the salad a little more filling. I had some very ripe avocados that I needed to use up, so I diced one in the salad, and used the other one to make a creamy dressing. I used a bag of mixed baby salad greens, but you could use any lettuce you prefer, or even a blend of salad greens and thinly sliced kale. Along with the ingredients I used in my salad, other options could include steamed edamame, baby peas, or even blanched green beans. I have started sprouting my own seeds, grains and dried beans because I find the ones sold at the supermarket to be very expensive, and the freshness is questionable. For this salad, I had recently sprouted dried peas that were a perfect choice for this salad. If you are new to sprouting, it is very easy to do, and pea shoots are great for small spaces because they grow fast, taste delicious and are rich in Vitamin C, A and protein.

I like texture in my salads, so I used some chopped pistachios, but pine nuts or even lightly toasted walnuts would also be delicious. To cook quinoa, combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.

 

Why Healthy

  • Avocados provide nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals: potassium, folic acid and other B-vitamins, as well as vitamins E and K. They also contain phytonutrients, believed to help prevent many chronic diseases.
  • Avocados contain the mono- and polyunsaturated “good” fats that are recommended as part of a healthy diet.
  • Quinoa (aka Super Seed) is a gluten free seed that provides a complete protein as well as iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and folic acid.
  • Pistachios are high in protein and fiber and are packed with antioxidants. The nuts are also high in potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure, maintain water balance, and help to strengthen muscles.

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Quinoa Salad With Baby Greens, Pea Shoots, & Avocado Dressing

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Cooked Quinoa (See Notes Above)
4 Cups Baby Greens (See Notes Above)
1 Packed Cup Pea Sprouts (Or Other Sprouts Of Choice)
1 1/2 Cups Chopped Cucumber
6 Scallions, Chopped
1 Medium Ripe Avocado, Peeled & Diced
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
3/4 Cup Chopped Pistachios
Avocado Dressing:
1 Medium Avocado
1 Clove Fresh Garlic, Peeled
1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Water

Directions:

In a large bowl, gently toss together the salad ingredients except the pistachios, and then arrange on a large platter.
In a mini food processor add the garlic, avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times.
Thin the salad dressing out with a little bit of warm water {1/4 cup to 1/2 cup} until it reaches a desired consistency.
Keep in an airtight container for at least a week.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad, then sprinkle with the pistachios and serve immediately.

 

40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!

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  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!

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  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.

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  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!

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  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.

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  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!

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  8. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’ve re-tweeted this!

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  9. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m followong you on Pinterest now!

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  10. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    and now we’re FB friends too!

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  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.

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  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.

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  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.

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  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~

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  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.

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  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.
    Linda

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  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!

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  19. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.

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  23. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.

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  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol

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  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.

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  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…

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  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!

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  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest! :)

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  30. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!

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  31. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve tweeted about you and the contest!

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  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)

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  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I’ve liked” Recipe Rebuild on Facebook.

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  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!

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  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.

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  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.

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  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2

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  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    me again.. i did #3

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  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks

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  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.

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