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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates, and Orange


Joan Nathan, Cooking Light

APRIL 2008

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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh orange sections (about 1 large orange)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 5 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 pound (2-inch) slices asparagus, steamed and chilled
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Mint sprigs (optional)


Servings 8
Adapted from


Step 1

1. To prepare salad, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add white onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add quinoa to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Transfer quinoa mixture to a large bowl. Add orange and next 5 ingredients (through jalapeño); toss gently to combine.

2. To prepare dressing, combine juice and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with chopped mint. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving 3/4 cup

Calories: 338
Fat: 21.2g
Saturated fat: 4.3g
Monounsaturated fat: 5.1g
Polyunsaturated fat: 10.1g
Protein: 17.5g
Carbohydrate: 22.6g
Fiber: 4.9g
Cholesterol: 72mg
Iron: 2.6mg
Sodium: 535mg
Calcium: 197mg

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