Fast and Fabulous: Green Goddess Quinoa Salad
By bitememore on March 30, 2014
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When we're told to "think green," we immediately flash to this incredible Green Goddess Quinoa Salad recipe. Protein-packed quinoa, mixed with edamame and kale, is tossed in a creamy avocado and fresh herb dressing. Really, there is paradise in every bite of this fresh and fantastic salad.
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups chopped kale
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
Creamy Avocado Dressing
1 ripe avocado
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 small garlic clove, minced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1 ripe avocado, sliced to garnish each serving
1) Combine quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed. Place quinoa in a large bowl and set aside.
2) Fill a large pot with about an inch of water. Place a steamer on the bottom of the pot and add the kale and edamame. Cover and steam over high heat for 2-3 minutes, until kale turns bright green and edamame is defrosted. Plunge greens into a bowl of cold water to prevent further cooking. Drain well and set aside.
3) For the avocado dressing, using a food processor or blender, combine avocado, lemon juice, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, garlic, parsley, basil, cumin, salt and pepper. Pulse 2 or 3 times, until well combined. Add olive oil gradually and blend well.
4) Add kale and edamame to the quinoa and toss with avocado dressing. Garnish with sliced avocado.
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