Quinoa & Arugula Salad

Quinoa & Arugula Salad

Details

Quinoa, arugula, spicy pecans, red peppers, tomatoes, snap peas, raisins, capers and a refreshing white balsamic and garlic vinaigrette.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
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Steps

Step 1: Making the Vinaigrette

• 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 small clove of garlic, minced
• 1 tsp sweetener
• sea salt, to taste
• freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

To prepare the vinaigrette, add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

Alternatively, you can add the ingredients to a jar or other container, place a lid on the top and shake to combine.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.

Step 2: Preparing Your Mise en Place

• 4 cups arugula
• 2 cups quinoa, cooked
• 1 cup Spicy Pecans
• 1 cup snap peas, sliced in half on a diagonal* (see note)
• 1 cup red pepper, diced
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
• 1/3 cup raisins
• 2 tbsp capers
• sea salt, to taste
• freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 1/2 lemon, juiced

Method

First, gather and prepare your mise en place. Be sure to make the Maple Chipotle Candied Walnuts or the Spicy Pecans as well, as they really add a kick to the salad.

*For the snap peas, blanch for 20 seconds and then put them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This will make them nice and green, but they will still be crunchy.

Step 3: Assembling the Salad

• 4 tbsp vinaigrette, or to taste

Method

Place all of ingredients, except the lemon juice, into a bowl and toss lightly to combine.

Once combined, add the lemon juice, toss briefly and serve immediately.

1 Comment

  • Terry F
    Terry F
    I really enjoyed this salad. I agree the spiced pecans add something special but not sure the raisins do. I used 2 cups packed arugula but next time with loosely fill instead to give a better ratio of quinoa to lettuce. I might also cut back on the sweetener in the vinaigrette but overall was just divine. Overall this salad has great flavor and texture complexity and I will be making it often.

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