Asparagus and Strawberry Spring Salad

Ingredients

  • SALAD
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • juice of a 1/2 lemon
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • DRESSING
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Equipment

  • salad spinner
  • cutting board and knife
  • large bowl
  • small bowl
  • whisk
  • baking sheet, lined with parchment paper
  • measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • medium pot with lid (for quinoa)

Prep time:

30

Yields:

10

Cook time:

6

Recipe submitted by:

Barbara

Recipe attribution:

Zest Nutrition

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Wash and dry leafy vegetables, using the salad spinner. Wash, de-stem and slice strawberries.
  3. Toss asparagus in avocado oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 7–10 minutes until tender and caramelized. Check periodically, as they roast quickly. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then cut into bite-sized pieces.
  4. In the large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients.
  5. In the small bowl, whisk together salad dressing ingredients. I like to serve dressing on the side and allow eaters to dress their own salad as they choose.