Monday, February 8, 2010

Greek Quinoa & Avocado Salad

We LOVE this salad! I found it one day by doing a google search for something that would have quinoa and avocado in it, after we'd had quinoa-stuffed avocado at a friend's house. This recipe came up, we gave it a whirl, and we really enjoy it. It's actually from the Better Homes & Gardens website. Quinoa is a great but under-used food in most kitchens. It's a complete protein, so it's healthful, and makes this salad incredibly satisfying and filling. If you haven't bought quinoa before, it's most commonly considered a grain-- though it's actually a relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach. I have most success finding quinoa in the organics/health food section of the grocery store.

Greek Quinoa & Avocado Salad


* 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained*
* 1 cup water
* 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
* 1/2 cup shredded fresh spinach
* 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion (1 small)
* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* Spinach leaves
* 2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced**
* 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


1. In a 1-1/2-quart saucepan combine quinoa and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

2. Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl. Add tomato, spinach, and onion; stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, and salt. Add to quinoa mixture; toss to coat.

3. Place spinach leaves on 4 salad plates. Arrange avocado slices on spinach leaves. Spoon quinoa mixture over avocado slices. Sprinkle with some of the feta. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

4. *Note: Rinse quinoa thoroughly before cooking to remove a bitter substance called saponin that coats the seeds.

5. **Note: Brush avocado slices with additional lemon juice to prevent browning.


Anonymous said...

We love this salad, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!


Kelly Lawson said...

Yea! Glad you love it. And thanks for being the inspiration that helped me find it!

Feel free to pass along your recipe for the quinoa stuffed avocado. I keep meaning to ask for it.

Josh and Candace McCallister said...

My friends from college are coming this weekend, and I am using two of your recipes - this one & the enchilada one. Thanks for posting them! Also - the stuffed avocados are easy:
mix cooked quinoa, raw pumpkin seeds, chopped red onion, & anasazi beans for the filling; make the avocado bowls by gently scooping out a halved avocado; then, spoon the mixture over the avocado; for the dressing I use a mixture of balsamic vinaigrette and Newman's lime dressing - so tasty!