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Spring quinoa salad in a serving bowl.
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Spring Quinoa Salad

This spring quinoa salad combines quinoa with roasted asparagus and radishes, fresh parsley and pistachios all tossed in a simple lemon dressing. It's fresh, flavorful and perfect for meal prep.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spring quinoa salad
Servings: 4 -6


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus trimmed and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch radishes quartered
  • ¼ cup olive oil + 2 teaspoons
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 5 scallions chopped (green part only)
  • ¼ cup chopped shelled pistachios


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cook quinoa by following the directions on the back of the package. Remove from heat and let cool. (This step can be done ahead of time.)
    Quinoa cooked in a pot.
  • In a medium bowl, mix asparagus and radishes with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste and spread in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
    Vegetables to be roasted on a sheet pan.
  • Place in oven and roast for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables have reached your desired texture. Toss them around the 15 minute mark. Note: If your asparagus spears are really thin, they may need to be taken out of the oven a bit earlier than the radishes.
  • Once roasted, remove the veggies from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • In a large salad bowl, whisk together ¼ cup olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, maple syrup, sea salt and red pepper flakes.
    Whisking together a dressing.
  • Add the asparagus, radishes, quinoa, parsley, scallions and pistachios to the bowl with the dressing and toss well to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Enjoy!
    Mixing together salad ingredients.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g