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Orange Avocado Salad with Quinoa

Orange, Avocado, and Quinoa Salad

Oranges get the spotlight in this salad with avocados and quinoa.
Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 side salads
Calories 293 kcal
Author The Food Geek

Ingredients

Quinoa

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 sprig rosemary**

Dressing

  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt to taste

Salad

  • 4 cups romaine or other greens
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 orange segmented or sliced
  • 1/4 red onion or 1 small shallot or 2 green onions

Instructions

Start the quinoa

  1. Squeeze 2 oranges into a measuring cup, add water until you get 1 full cup. Add to a pan with quinoa. Toss in 1 rosemary sprig, or a pinch (or two) of your favorite spice.
  2. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let set for 5 more minutes, until tender. Fluff with a fork. **Read cooking directions on your package in case it needs to cook longer or shorter.

Make the dressing

  1. While the quinoa cooks, zest one of the oranges and then squeeze the juice into the measuring cup. Add honey and whisk in oil. Add salt to taste.

Finish and serve

  1. Slice onions, avocados and last remaining orange.
  2. Put salad greens in a bowl and toss with 1/2 of dressing to get them evenly coated.
  3. Add quinoa, onions, avocados and oranges to the bowl. Top with remaining dressing.