Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Quinoa Salad

This shaved fennel and asparagus salad recipe combines quinoa, Manchego cheese, red onion, and a zesty lemon dressing. It’s super refreshing and makes a great light lunch or side salad. For dinner, I like to serve it with salmon roasted in butter or alongside a heartier vegetable dish like roasted cauliflower.

Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Manchego and a Zesty Lemon Dressing.

I absolutely love shaved asparagus - the first time I tried it was on this pizza from Smitten Kitchen. It was a revelation. I'd never eaten asparagus raw. It's tastes like the color green - it's so fresh. Definitely worth trying.

I love fresh, springtime asparagus. Last year, I made asparagus for breakfast in this simple but fresh breakfast salad. I used shaved asparagus ribbons in this omelette with goat cheese and edible flowers.

Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Manchego and a Zesty Lemon Dressing.
Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Manchego and a Zesty Lemon Dressing.

Asparagus has a rich, delicious flavor, which pairs beautifully with crisp, sweet fennel and the caramel-esque Manchego cheese.

I decided to use mixed quinoa (red and white) with this recipe, because I appreciate its nuttier flavor. I do use a lot of white quinoa - but I treat it more like rice - as a vehicle for curry, soup, or other flavors, and not as a flavor enhancer on its own.

Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Manchego and a Zesty Lemon Dressing.

I do hope you enjoy this fresh, simple side salad recipe. It's easy, quick, and healthy - but most importantly it's delicious!


Yield: 6 servings
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Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Salad

This shaved fennel and asparagus salad recipe combines quinoa, Manchego cheese, red onion, and a zesty lemon dressing. It’s super refreshing and makes a great light lunch or side salad.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 25 M

ingredients:

Salad Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 bunch asparagus, shaved into ribbons
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced (1.5 mm setting on mandoline)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (1.5 mm setting on mandoline)
  • 1.8 ounces (50 g) Manchego, thinly sliced
Dressing Ingredients
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

instructions:

How to cook Shaved Fennel & Asparagus Salad

  1. Combine the quinoa with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Combine asparagus, fennel, onion, and Manchego on a large plate.
  3. Sprinkle quinoa across the salad.
  4. Combine ingredients for dressing and dress salad. Serve immediately.
  5. If not serving immediately, keep dressing separately and only add before serving.

Calories

157

Fat (grams)

9

Carbs (grams)

14

Sugar (grams)

3

Protein (grams)

6

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