Sweet Balsamic Fennel and Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Sweet Balsamic Fennel and Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa has been a staple in my cupboard, however, I am conscious of using it sparingly due to the ethical issues surrounding the grain.

One means of spreading my small supply out is by combining it with a variety of other ingredients, especially vegetables. This is my favorite means of serving quinoa not only because of my love of salads, but also because it allows me to play the nutty flavor and fluffy texture of quinoa off of other textures and tastes.

This quinoa salad can be served warm or cold, depending on when the quinoa is added to the other ingredients.

Sweet Balsamic Fennel and Quinoa Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Calories per serving: 445

Fat per serving: 18g

Sweet Balsamic Fennel and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has been a staple in my cupboard, however, I am conscious of using it sparingly due to the ethical issues surrounding the grain. However, one means of spreading my small supply out is by combining it with a variety of other ingredients, especially vegetables. This is my favorite means of serving quinoa not only because of my love of salads, but also because it allows me to play the nutty flavor and fluffy texture of quinoa off of other textures and tastes. This salad can be served warm or cold, depending on when the quinoa is added to the other ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, plus more for garnish
  • ½ fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • ½ sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbl grapeseed oil
  • 3 tbl balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tbl sugar

Instructions

  1. Blend together the ingredients for the vinaigrette until smooth.
  2. Toss the quinoa, sunflower seeds, fennel, onion, blueberries and spinach together in a large bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the mixture and toss again to evenly coat the ingredients. Serve right away.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 445
Total Fat: 18g
Carbohydrates: 70g
Protein: 11g

http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0321-sweet-balsamic-fennel-and-quinoa-salad-recipe/


Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at www.samanthalowe.com/blog. A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

  • Ken Jones

    Hi Samantha, Thank you for this really good quinoa recipe. What are the ethical issues about using quinoa? I have been using quinoa for eight years and have written a book about it. But I haven’t come across any issues.

    All the quinoa sold in the UK is Fairtrade sourced, as far as I can surmise from the packets.