In the midst of decorating the Christmas tree, sipping hot cocoa and indulging on that extra sweet treat, delicious fall flavors are right under our noses! And I’m excited to share my own creation and my own take on a scrumptious winter salad.
It’s filled with roasted white asparagus, quinoa, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, feta and all doused in balsamic vinaigrette.
As for the white asparagus—I stumbled across these gems while I was perusing the produce section in Fresh Market—and I had to take them home with me!
This salad is a perfect main dish or an added side to complement any winter meal. It’s packed with flavor, but lacks all those unwanted calories!
Author: Kathryn at Down-Home Damsel
Recipe: Roasted asparagus, quinoa and feta winter salad
Prep & cook time: 25 minutes
- 2 cups spring mix
- 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 cup chicken stock or water
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup almonds, unsalted
- 4 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 lb roasted white asparagus (you can also use regular green asparagus too)
- 4 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash asparagus and cut off ends & discard. Spray pan with non-stick spray and drizzle asparagus with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup of chicken stock or water and bring to boil. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Once quinoa is fully cooked, set aside and let cool.
Meanwhile, cook asparagus for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Toast almonds in a skillet for 5 minutes with a little bit of olive oil. After they are toasted, transfer to paper towel and let them cool. Roughly chop and set aside.
When the asparagus is done, let cool for five minutes and then chop into thirds.
Prepare the salad by adding 2 cups spring mix, 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, roasted asparagus, 1/2 dried cranberries, 1/4 cup toasted almonds and 4tbsp of feta cheese. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
The combination of the crunchy, savory and sweet flavors marry beautifully in this winter salad. Do you think this salad will be your next meal? I sure hope so! Let me know how you liked it. Thanks for reading!