Our Quinoa Salad With Avocado is such an easy side dish recipe. A homemade citrus dressing, fresh basil and the creamy avocado combine to make this avocado quinoa a delicious addition any summer meal.
Quinoa and avocado salad
Avocado, the good fat. Quinoa, the mother of all grains. Together they give you a punch of nutrition!
Avocados are a nutrient dense fruit filled with almost 20 essential nutrients including fiber, potassium and minerals.
Quinoa, referred to as a grain, is actually an edible seed also packed with protein, fiber and minerals. Thought to be sacred as far back as in the Inca Empire, quinoa recently became trendy as a “super food”.
Enjoy a serving of quinoa and avocado salad on Meatless Monday with tofu or top with cooked chicken, shrimp or beef and make it your main meal.
Either way I guarantee you’ll be coming back for seconds!
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Substitute orzo for the quinoa
- Make it with lime or orange
- Substitute fresh parsley for the fresh basil
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Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- frozen peas
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- fresh basil
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In medium saucepot bring 2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add quinoa. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until water has been absorbed, 12-15 minutes.
Remove from heat. Using a fork, fluff up quinoa and then stir in peas. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Uncover and cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in serving dish combine olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, kosher salt and pepper until blended.
Stir in quinoa mixture, avocado and basil, gently tossing until evenly coated. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Makes 5 cups.