Ashley’s Autumnal Quinoa Salad

Ashley is back with a recipe today for a quinoa & potato salad.  We’ve been having a blast this week with all of our Vegan MoFo posts, and Ash is rocking her Insanity workouts!! 

I’m totally loving how creating all of these recipes for Vegan MoFo has got me spending more time in the kitchen.  Mr. KitchenOperas and I have been eating pretty well around here.

I can’t wait to try Ashley’s salad — I’ve really been enjoying warm salads lately (Heather and I had another taco salad last night with warm chickpeas), so I’m looking forward to the warm veggies in this one too!  Also… cashew feta?  Mmmm.

– Linz


Ashley's Autumnal Quinoa Salad | kitchenoperas.com

Boring meals don’t interest me and sometimes salads fall into that category. People like to remind me that ‘you can’t make friends with salad’, but I like proving that theory wrong!! I am a huge fan of awesome salads with exciting ingredients and can be one of my favourite meals to pack for lunch.

I love starting off with delicious vegetables, especially those that are in season. Having an exciting lettuce like baby spinach or baby kale helps too! I like adding quinoa, beans or tempeh to kick up the protein and make everything more filling. Sometimes I will sauté different veggies and add them to my salad creations too. I find that warm things satisfy me more, especially as we head into fall. Yummy veggies + protein + something warm = a winning salad combination for me!

Ashley's Autumnal Quinoa Salad | kitchenoperas.com

I had been plotting ideas for this salad all week and I really enjoy how all of the flavors came together. It would be an easy one to throw together if you already had some cooked quinoa on hand, and had some leftover potatoes from the tasty Potato Leek soup from yesterday’s post. It’s great hot or cold, depending on your preferences or circumstance. My roommate did a dance of joy when he had a bite, so I think that’s a pretty great endorsement of its deliciousness.

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Autumnal Quinoa Salad with Cashew Feta

Salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (see How to Cook Quinoa)
  • 6-8 baby potatoes, quartered & boiled
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus roasted or steamed, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 6-8 sundried tomatoes, softened in water & chopped
  • baby spinach (or your favourite greens)

Cashew Feta

  • 2/3 cup cashews, soaked at least 1 hour
  • juice of half a lemon
  • sea salt, to taste

Dressing

  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste

Mix Salad ingredients (except baby spinach) together in a large bowl until well combined.

Add Cashew Feta ingredients to a food processor and blitz.  Stop to scrape down the sides and process until you reach your desired consistency.  For this salad, I like to leave the cashew mix a bit chunky to give it some texture and make it easier to crumble atop the salad.

Mix up the Dressing: add ingredients to a jar and shake until smooth.

To assemble the salad: add a few handfuls of baby spinach to a bowl. Top with quinoa & potato mixture. Drizzle dressing over top. Crumble some of the cashew feta to complete the salad and enjoy!

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Categories: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Main Course, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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  1. How to Make the Most of Your Leftovers | The Kitchen Operas℠ - September 19, 2014

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