Quinoa Avocado and Citrus Salad

Use Tri-Color Quinoa, creamy avocado, slivered almonds and a dash of citrus to make this simple towers that add a sophisticated touch to any meal.

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Servings SERVES 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 3 each avocados, divided
  • 1 each orange
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • ⅓ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • spring salad greens (optional)
  • light vinaigrette

Instructions

  • Simple with a sophisticated touch, try these towers made of Success® Tri-Color Quinoa, avocado and a dash of citrus. You don’t need to be a master chef to prepare an elegant side dish for your next meal.

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Peel avocados and chop 1 avocado into small pieces. Mash remaining avocado. Peel and segment orange. Chop orange slices and remove seeds.

    Step 3

  • Combine chopped avocado, cooked quinoa, onion, orange pieces, and almonds in a large bowl. Combine mashed avocado, orange juice, oil, and honey; stir until well blended. Add seasoned salt and ground black pepper. Stir into the avocado quinoa mixture until completely blended.

    Step 4

  • Spray four, 4 ounce ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.

    Step 5

  • Pack mixture into cups firmly. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing to cover entire surface; refrigerate until ready to serve. Unmold onto salad plates; top with salad greens, if desired; and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Simple Show-stopper

Looking for something special to serve with your dinner? Or want to make a delicious and light salad look interesting? Spice up your meal with these Tri-Color Quinoa towers held together with creamy avocado and orange citrus flavor. You too can be a chef in your kitchen. If you’d like to add a bit of cheese, try mixing in feta or another light crumbly cheese.

Once you master these towers, use your skills to move onto other delicacies like a Basil Pesto and Red Pepper Torte.

For all you meat-free eaters, we’re happy to say these towers are naturally vegetarian and can be made vegan simply by omitting the honey or replacing it with maple syrup or sorghum syrup.

Design

If you love the design and idea but don’t have any ramekins – a small ceramic bowl– use your own small bowl or find a few plastic cups from the local dollar store and use those instead to help mold the ingredients into shape. Make this work for you and your budget.

To present your towers, place in the middle of the plate with lettuce and vegetables surrounding it or alongside your meat of choice. Place short leaves on top like arugula with a few crumbled almonds.