Asparagus-Kale Quinoa Salad

Finally Summer is here :)) 2 months of vacation to rest up, get crafty and experiment in the kitchen 😀 I wil be honest, first day being home after 10 months of routine schedule is weird 😉 But I am looking forward to experimenting some yum foods and desserts in the 2 months!

Since my vaca just started, I am scarce of fresh veggies in my fridge (been lazy) but I did find some Asparagus, Kale, Scallions, and Red Pepper. I know the combination sounds a little crazy….but I promise, the end result turned out yum!! I decided to use Quinoa for grain…. Gluten free, Vegan friendly (if you do not put Parmesan cheese).

ASPARAGUS, KALE QUINOA SALADAKQSalad

Makes 2 servings.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry Quinoa

1 bundle of Asparagus

2 cups packed chopped Kale

3 Scallion Sprigs, chopped

1/2 cup peas

1/2 red pepper, chopped

8-10 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered

Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar (available at Olive Oil Specialty stores and online)

Olive Oil Spray, Salt, Pepper, Red Chili Flakes, as per taste.

Parmesan Cheese, grated (Optional)

 

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F. Cut Asparagus in bite size pieces. Spray with some olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 7-10 mins depending on the thickness. (Mine were done in 7 mins).

2. Meanwhile cook Quinoa as per package direction. 1/2 cup dry should make 2 servings of Quinoa.

3. In a pan, spray some olive oil and add the Kale with some salt and pepper. It will wilt. Saute till almost cooked. This will take 7-10 mins as Kale is a tough green. When kale is almost done add peppers, scallions, tomatoes and peas. Add chilli flakes as per your taste and add some salt and pepper (if needed).

4. Mix in the cooked Quinoa and add 1-2 tsp of the Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar. Top it with some grated parmesan. Serve Warm.

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The colorful combination of vegetables make it an inviting meal. Asparagus and Kale go perfect with Lemon, hence this white balsamic is the perfect flavor for this mix, making it a nice summer salad. It could also be a yum side dish for any Chicken or Fish. If you do not have Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar, you could just add good amount of lemon juice. I would not add any vinegar in such case as the White Balsamic has a smooth and sweet taste compared to any other vinegar (Distilled, Red or regular Balsamic) It was easy fairly quick to make and even quicker to gobble it all down 😉

Until next time,

Cheers =)

 

 

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