Quinoa Salad with Watercress, Oranges, Avocado, and Almonds, with Citrus Vinaigrette

[Photographs: Jennifer Segal]

Start the new year off right with this light and tasty quinoa salad topped with delicate greens, citrus, avocado and crunchy almonds.

About the author: Jennifer Segal is the chef behind the popular food blog, Once Upon a Chef.

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Quinoa Salad with Watercress, Oranges, Avocado, and Almonds, with Citrus Vinaigrette

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
This recipe appears in: Serious Salads: Quinoa Salad with Watercress, Oranges, Avocado, Almonds in a Citrus Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • For the Quinoa:
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • Kosher salt
  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from about 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed juice from 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Salad:
  • 1 (4-ounce) bag watercress, baby arugula or a blend
  • 2 medium oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 avocado, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Procedures

  1. 1

    Bring 1-3/4 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa and reduce heat to low; cover and cook until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  2. 2

    Whisk together the lime juice, orange juice, and honey. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. 3

    Toss quinoa with about 1/4 of the dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide amongst serving plates or place on a large serving platter. Toss greens, orange segments, avocado, onions, and almonds in a large bowl with just enough dressing to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stop quinoa with dressed greens and serve immediately.

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