A Tasty Quinoa Dish Lemon, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

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Do you quinoa? If your answer is no then you should! And you should begin with this recipe, that is just sooo good that I just want to scream HOORAY when I think of it. I made it for our teacher potluck lunch today. I found the original here . I have it down below with my variations.

The tools for the trade:

2/3 cup cooked quinoa

1 bunch kale, chopped finely

1/2 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese

Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

The How To:

Prep 25 m

Cook 15 m

Ready In 40 m

Cook quinoa according to instructions. I have used both red and white quinoa for this recipe. I also use a 1:1.5 ratio- 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cups of water. Add quinoa and water to saucepan bring to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Unlike the recipe, I do not steam my Kale, instead I saute it in a pan with a dash of olive oil until it just begins to wilt and is still a vibrant green. Do not over cook your Kale! Transfer to a large plate to cool.

The original recipe begins with the Kale but instead I start with the quinoa.

Take your cooled quinoa and place 2/3 of it in a bowl, save the rest for later! Begin adding your vegetables one at a time: Avocado, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Red Onion, then slowly add your Kale I like to mix it all until it looks about even when I am happy, I add the feta cheese.

The dressing:

Whisk Olive oil, Lemon juice, Dijon Mustard, Sea salt, and Black pepper together in a bowl until the oil emulsifies into the dressing; pour as much as you wish over the salad. I pour to taste and usually save the rest for later.

HOORAY!!!! Now you get to eat it. Lucky you 😉

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