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Quinoa Salad With Avocado, Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes

 
This recipe belongs to the top 10% of the healthiest recipes.healthy
This recipe can be made gluten free by choosing gluten-free versions of basic ingredients commonly found in supermarkets or online.gluten-free
This recipe can be made completely dairy-free.dairy-free
 
One serving costs about $4.31 One serving costs about $4.31

$4.31 per serving

1 people like this recipe

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This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

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spoonacular Score:92%

Spoonacular Score: 92%

 

Quinoa Salad With Avocado, Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes might be just the main course you are searching for. For $4.31 per serving, this recipe covers 41% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. This recipe makes 2 servings with 715 calories, 20g of protein, and 35g of fat each. Only a few people made this recipe, and 1 would say it hit the spot. A mixture of salt, olive oil, sun tomatoes, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so delicious. To use up the juice of lemon you could follow this main course with the Fruit Juice Pops as a dessert. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 45 minutes. It is a good option if you're following a gluten free and dairy free diet. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 92%. This score is super. Similar recipes include Spinach Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Pasta Salad With Asparagus, Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Ingredients

Servings:
1 cup
1 cup asparagus
asparagus
1
1  avocado
avocado
1
1  garlic clove
garlic clove
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps honey
honey
0.5
0.5  lemon (juice)
lemon (juice)
2 Tbsps
2 Tbsps olive oil
olive oil
1 cup
1 cup quinoa
quinoa
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps salt
salt
1 tsp
1 tsp italian seasoning
italian seasoning
2
2  shallots
shallots
0.5 cups
0.5 cups dried sun-dried tomatoes
dried sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup asparagus
1 cup
asparagus
1  avocado
1
avocado
1  garlic clove
1
garlic clove
0.5 tsps honey
0.5 tsps
honey
0.5  lemon (juice)
0.5
lemon (juice)
2 Tbsps olive oil
2 Tbsps
olive oil
1 cup quinoa
1 cup
quinoa
0.5 tsps salt
0.5 tsps
salt
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp
italian seasoning
2  shallots
2
shallots
0.5 cups dried sun-dried tomatoes
0.5 cups
dried sun-dried tomatoes

Equipment

rice cooker
rice cooker
bowl
bowl
pot
pot
rice cooker
rice cooker
bowl
bowl
pot
pot


Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa under cold running water for a minute or two to get rid of the bitter aftertaste.
  2. Transfer to a pot or rice cooker, add 2 cups of water, salt, cover and bring to a boil. Lower down the heat and cook 15 min or until water is absorbed.
  3. In another pot bring water to a boil, add asparagus and simmer 5-8 min or until soft.
  4. When ready cool down the quinoa and asparagus. Meanwhile chop all the veggie ingredients.
  5. Prepare the dressing by simply mixing all of its ingredients (lemon juice, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp honey, pinch of salt) in a bowl.
  6. In a bowl combine quinoa, avocado, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes and shallots. Pour the dressing and mix until all is combined.

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Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $4.30
Ingredient
1 cup asparagus
1 avocado
1 garlic clove
½ teaspoons honey
½ lemon (juice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup quinoa
2 shallots
½ cups dried sun-dried tomatoes
Price
$1.19
$1.50
$0.07
$0.04
$0.10
$0.33
$1.52
$0.28
$3.58
$8.61

Tips

Health Tips

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • Many people proclaim the health benefits of honey, saying it possesses antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Although the extent of its health benefits in humans remains unclear, studies have indeed confirmed that honey can help with cold symptoms and even heal wounds and prevent infections. If you're looking to reap the potential health benefits, dark raw honey is likely the best option.

  • Quinoa is super healthy. Read more about its health benefits here.

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Price Tips

  • Avocados are one of the "clean fifteen", so you don't have to buy them organic if you don't want to spend the extra dough.

Cooking Tips

  • If you've never made quinoa before, be sure to rinse it well before you prepare it. The easiest way is to put it in a fine-mesh strainer and run water over it from the sink. Skipping this step could result in bitter, even soapy tasting quinoa because quinoa's natural coating tastes pretty bad. Quinoa sold in supermarkets is often pre-rinsed, but its better to be safe than sorry, right?

  • If you don't have shallots, you can try substituting leek, onion, or green onion along with a clove of garlic. The flavor won't be the same, but it should do in a pinch.

  • Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.

  • Size doesn't matter (when buying asparagus). Look for firm, straight stalks and an even green color. Leave limp and otherwise sad looking asparagus behind. Store in the fridge, but use within a few days.

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Green Tips

  • Buying local honey from beekeepers in your area not only supports your community but helps those beekeepers protect bees! LocalHarvest can help you locate some tasty honey produced near you.

  • According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), asparagus is one of the "cleanest" vegetables when it comes to pesticide residue, so you do not necessarily need to buy organic asparagus.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
715 Calories
20g Protein
34g Total Fat
89g Carbs
100% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
715
36%

Fat
34g
54%

  Saturated Fat
4g
30%

Carbohydrates
89g
30%

  Sugar
15g
18%

Cholesterol
0.0mg
0%

Sodium
666mg
29%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
20g
41%

Manganese
2mg
135%

Vitamin K
84µg
81%

Fiber
19g
78%

Folate
307µg
77%

Magnesium
272mg
68%

Copper
1mg
63%

Potassium
2173mg
62%

Phosphorus
595mg
60%

Iron
9mg
54%

Vitamin E
7mg
49%

Vitamin B6
0.96mg
48%

Vitamin B1
0.64mg
43%

Vitamin B2
0.65mg
38%

Vitamin C
30mg
36%

Vitamin B3
6mg
32%

Vitamin B5
2mg
29%

Zinc
4mg
29%

Vitamin A
949IU
19%

Selenium
11µg
16%

Calcium
150mg
15%

covered percent of daily need

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