Quinoa Feta Salad


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Pour water into a saucepan and bring to a boil; add quinoa and salt, stir, cover saucepan with a lid, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer mixture until quinoa is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove saucepan from heat, let quinoa rest for 5 minutes, and transfer quinoa to a bowl to cool.

Step 2: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add asparagus and cook uncovered until tender but still crisp, 2 to 3 minutes; drain in a colander and immediately immerse asparagus in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Drain.

Step 3: Stir asparagus, feta cheese, almonds, green onions, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest into quinoa.

Step 4: Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, Dijon mustard, and black pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth.  Pour dressing over quinoa mixture and stir gently to combine.

Enjoy this fresh & delicious salad from AllRecipes!