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Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

I’m the person who always brings a salad to get-togethers. Whether they’re picnics or backyard grilling parties, you can always count on me to bring a salad. Annoying? Maybe, but amidst the dips and desserts, salads always seem like the perfect addition to any table.

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

A few weeks ago, I made no less than eight batches of quinoa salads. Ok, kind of an exaggeration, but after the second day of bringing bowls of quinoa salad to work, people started asking what was going on.

I asked for feedback between a black bean & quinoa salad and this one and instead of getting any opinions, all I got was requests for the recipes, $5 from someone who had forgotten their lunch that day and a major boost to my quinoa salad ego. Naturally, I’m thinking about setting up a little quinoa salad shop at work.

All this is to say that I’ll probably share the black bean version sometime in the near future!

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

But we’re talking about the roasted asparagus & red pepper quinoa salad today. I love this salad! It’s vegan (but you don’t have to tell), it’s gluten-free (but no one has to know) and it’s got 12 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber per serving, thanks to the beans + quinoa! (You can share this fact.)

It’s healthy, but so delicious and flavorful. It’s colorful and light; but the hefty servings are unquestionably satisfying. Serve it on top of some greens if you like or top with some grilled chicken or tempeh for an extra boost of protein.

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Lunch. Is. Served.

nutrition facts: 409 calories, 20 grams of fat, 46 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 12 grams protein

Roasted Asparagus & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: roast entree salad side gluten-free high fiber high protein vegan vegetarian beans quinoa

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 2-15 oz cans garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

Roast asparagus: preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Remove tough bottoms of asparagus and cut into 1 inch pieces. (You should have about 2 cups.)

Drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and cook for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Prepare quinoa: Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer.

Add quinoa and 2 cups water to small pan.

Stir, season with salt and bring to a boil.

Lower heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

Prepare vinaigrette: while quinoa is cooking, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, mustard, shallot and salt & pepper.

Remove quinoa from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork and toss with vinaigrette.

Drain and rinse garbanzo beans.

When quinoa is cool, toss with remaining ingredients. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

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13 Comments (Reply )

  1. Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    I am ABSOLUTELY the person who always brings salads to parties, too! It’s a great way to ensure you’ll have something healthy and delicious to enjoy, regardless of what else is there. This one looks great, and can’t wait for the black bean one, too!

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  2. Jen @ Pretty little grub
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    This looks amazing! I love quinoa salads. Can’t wait to see your black bean one.

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  3. Kurt Jacobson
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    Looks great and has so many of my favorite foods like asparagus, quinoa, dijon, and red bell peppers. This has to be great! Will try it next time I get asparagus.

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  4. Tut
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

    Yum

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  5. Karla @ Foodologie
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    How delicious! I’m always the person who brings dessert to gatherings. You bring the salad, I bring dessert! We balance each other out :)

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  6. Amanda Paa
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    This salad is totally my jam. There asparagus here right now is just perfect, will definitely need to make this ahead for my lunch. And congrats on the SELF feature!

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  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Looks delicious! I love salads like that – they make the best leftovers. :)

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  8. Mercedes
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Congrats on your SELF feature! This salad looks perfect for any summer get together!

    Reply

  9. Emma
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    I’m the salad-bringer too, Emily! I love the bright colors of this salad, yummy!

    Reply

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