Crunchy Quinoa Spring Salad

This fresh salad is made with tri-color quinoa sautéed with a little oil until golden brown and crispy to add a tasty texture.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 Mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 25 Mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 Mins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Quinoa
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 6 cups butter lettuce, torn
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup store-bought ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Enjoy a fresh, flavorful, and filling meal with this loaded salad featuring crunchy quinoa, fresh avocado, crispy lettuce, and crumbled goat cheese.

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in large skillet set over medium heat. Cook quinoa for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Cool completely.

    Step 3

  • In a large bowl, toss together crunchy quinoa, lettuce, avocado, radishes and goat cheese until combined. Toss in dressing until well coated. Garnish with chives.

Fresh, Flavorful and Filling

We call this a three “F” salad because it’s fresh, flavorful, and filling: everything a salad should be! No boring or bland salad that will leave you hungry just an hour later here, this Crunchy Quinoa Spring Salad is made with fresh and creamy avocado, peppery radish, crispy lettuce and hearty Success® Quinoa. Tossed in tangy ranch dressing, this tasty salad packs a flavor punch that you didn’t know a salad could.

What gives this salad its unique crunchy quality is that after the Tri-Color Boil-in-Bag Quinoa is perfectly cooked in just 10 minutes, you cook it for another 10 to 15 minutes with canola oil in a skillet to give it that golden, crispy texture. You’ll love the earthy flavor and crunchy texture so much, you’ll want to use this technique for your other favorite quinoa salads!

Add Protein

This tasty salad is a great vegetarian option as is. If you want to keep it vegetarian but want to add some protein, try it with tofu or chickpeas. And if you’re not on a vegetarian diet, you can try it with grilled shrimp, chicken, or steak for an even heartier dish. Salads are great for customizing to your own tastes with additional vegetables or proteins.

If you’re a fan of delicious and power-packed salad bowls you might also like this Chicken and Quinoa Power Bowl with avocado and a homemade tahini caesar dressing.