Completely vegan, packed with protein, rich in fiber and perfect for any kind of diet, quinoa is the plant-based superfood that is as easy to work into your day-to-day dining as it is to prepare. The Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Catherine Gill features over 100 recipes featuring this versatile ingredient including the one below pairing it with another superfood ingredient: avocado.
There is just something so special about avocado and quinoa together. Plus, adding salad greens and a spicy dressing that also lends a hint of sweetness is a nice change to the typical mundane salad we find ourselves getting too used to eating.
Avocado Quinoa Tossed Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette
2 cups cooked quinoa, any type
3 cups mixed salad greens
2 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large salad bowl, combine quinoa, salad greens and avocado. In a small mixing bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, sriracha and ginger. Toss salad dressing in salad and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Tip: Changing up the type of greens you use in this recipe each time you make it can be a real adventure. For a spicy and tangy treat, use arugula; for a more refreshing salad, try spring mixed greens; or, for a lighter salad, a combination of romaine and iceberg is particularly cool and fresh. Speaking of fresh: you can even add fresh herbs to your salad which gives out enormous flavor and is so interesting to boot.