Spring vegetable quinoa salad with basil lemon vinaigrette

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Soy Free

2 Servings, 540 Calories/Serving

This light and citrusy salad gets a nutty crunch from cooked quinoa, creaminess from salty feta and a freshness from baby carrots, snap peas and fennel that are tossed in a bright basil and lemon vinaigrette. We know it’s corny, but each bite tastes like spring.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 3 baby carrots
  • 3 baby fennel
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • Small bunch basil
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup feta

Instructions

1

Cook quinoa

Place saucepan on high heat over the stovetop with ¾ cup water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until all the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Take off heat, fluff with fork and allow to cool, 3 to 5 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, prep salad.

2

Prep salad, make dressing

*Peel carrots, trim off ends and slice on an angle into thin pieces.
*Rinse fennel and slice into thin strips.
*Slice snap peas in half on a sharp angle.
*Mince basil as finely as possible.
*Zest lemon.
In a bowl, combine basil and lemon zest with 2 tablespoons olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Mix to combine well.

3

Toss salad, plate

Combine arugula with carrots, fennel, peas, and feta. Toss with basil dressing, and add salt and pepper to taste. Divide evenly between two bowls and serve.

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