Quinoa Avocado and Citrus Salad

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

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 25 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 25 mins (+ 1 hour chilling time)

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 3 avocados, divided
  • 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup spring salad greens (optional)
  • 1/4 cup vinaigrette

Instructions

  • Simple with a sophisticated touch, these towers made with Success® Tri-Color Quinoa, avocado and a dash of citrus are sure to impress. 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. Set aside.

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

  • Combine quinoa, chopped avocado, orange pieces, almonds and onions in a large bowl. Whisk together mashed avocado, orange juice, honey, olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add to the quinoa mixture and gently stir until well combined.

    Step 4

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

    Step 5

  • Pack mixture firmly into ramekins. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing to cover entire surface; refrigerate at least 1 hour, until ready to serve. Unmold onto salad plates and top with salad greens, if using. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Simple Show-stopper

Looking for something special to serve with your dinner tonight? Spice up your meal with these Success® Tri-Color Quinoa towers held together with creamy avocado and bursting with citrusy orange flavor. 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 impressive dishes like our 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 idea of this dish but don’t have any ramekins (small ceramic bowls), use any small bowl you have or plastic cups from the local dollar store to help mold the ingredients into shape. Make this work for you and your budget.

To present your towers, place each one in the middle of a plate with lettuce and vegetables surrounding it, or alongside a serving of meat. Garnish the dish with salad leaves, such as arugula, and with a few crumbled almonds.