Quinoa Salad with an orange dressing

I don’t know about you but I love quinoa.  I think it is so delicious and such a hearty grain, and it’s so versatile.  I’ve added it to several dishes and seasoned it in so many ways and it always comes out delicious. 

Today we are talking about a quinoa salad.  I almost didn’t make this salad, honestly because I just didn’t feel like cooking, but boy am I glad I did!  This salad is so hearty but very lite at the same time.  I’m attributing that to the orange dressing.  Citrus, in my opinion, makes anything taste lite and summery.  I knew exactly what I wanted to put in my salad but I was a little stumped on the dressing.  Until I saw that orange sitting in my fruit bowl. Quinoa Salad with an Orange Dressing

Now let me warn you before you jump into this recipe.  This was a huge salad.  When I say huge I mean HUGE!  You may want to cut the recipe down the first time you make this just to make sure you like it so you’re not throwing away a huge bowl of food.

This quinoa salad is so easy to make and takes no time at all.  Here’s how I made it.

I cooked two cups of my favorite quinoa according to the package directions.  While that was cooking I diced my onion and got that sautéing in a little olive oil over medium heat.  In a large bowl I tossed in the frozen edamame, frozen peas and frozen corn.   Side note. I didn’t bother defrosting the vegetables, they defrosted with the heat of the quinoa and I didn’t serve the salad right away.  If you are going to serve this right away I would defrost the frozen vegetables before tossing them into the bowl.  On top of the veggies I added 5 ounces of baby kale.

Easy so far right?  I told you it would be.  The dressing is just as easy.  In a separate bowl I tossed in the orange zest and the orange juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, agave nectar and salt and pepper.  Whisked and set aside.

Once the onions were done I added them to the bowl with the vegetables and the heat of the onions started to wilt the kale.  After that I tossed in the quinoa, chives and basil, pour over the dressing and gave it a big mix. Quinoa Salad with an Orange Dressing

Quinoa Salad with an Orange Dressing
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For the salad
  1. 2 cups quinoa
  2. 5 ounces baby kale
  3. 1/2 c frozen edamame
  4. 1 cup frozen peas
  5. 1 cup frozen corn
  6. 1 large onion
  7. 4 tbsp. chives
  8. 1/2 cup chopped basil
For the dressing
  1. Juice and zest of half a large naval orange
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup olive oil
  4. 1 tsp. agave nectar
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  1. 1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions.
  2. 2. Dice the onion and sauté in olive oil on medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  3. 3. In a large bowl add the edamame, peas, corn and baby kale. Set aside
  4. 4. In a separate bowl combine the orange zest, orange juice, red wine vinegar, agave nectar, salt and pepper. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking.
  5. 5. When the onions are done add them to the bowl with the vegetables.
  6. 6. Add the quinoa to the bowl and stir.
  7. 7. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
  8. 8. Finally add the chives and chopped basil and mix one more time.
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