Non-GMO-Warm-Spring-Salad

Enjoy this light and fresh spring salad for a lunch outside with some iced Strawberry lemonade or wine spritzer.

Please note that all ingredients are Non-GMO Project Verified and/or organic. Look for Verified products by brand or category on our shopping list. 

Serves: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (or try speltberries, but note they are not GF)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced into rounds or half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends broken off and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (optional)
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt & lots of pepper, to taste
  • lemon zest, for garnish

Instructions

Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and place into a medium pot. Add 1.5 cups vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover with tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15-17 minutes, or until fluffy and all the water is absorbed. Fluff with fork, remove from heat, and let sit covered for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, grab a very large skillet or wok. Sauté the leek and garlic in the oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add in the asparagus and sauté for another 5-10 minutes or until the asparagus is just tender, but still a bit crisp. Stir in the strawberries (optional), peas, and parsley. Heat for a few minutes and then remove from heat.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, and 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt) to taste. Pour dressing onto skillet mixture and stir in the cooked quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper & enjoy! This would also be lovely with nuts or seeds sprinkled on top.

The recipe is also great served cold!

 

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