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, you can serve it with salmon roasted in butter or alongside a heartier vegetable dish like roasted cauliflower.
What Makes this Salad Great
If you’ve never eaten asparagus raw you are going to love it. It's tastes like the color green - it's so fresh. Definitely worth trying.
Asparagus has a rich, delicious flavor, which pairs beautifully with crisp, sweet fennel and the caramel-esque Manchego cheese. This recipe uses mixed quinoa (red and white), because it has a delicious nutty flavor.
Ingredients for this Shaved Asparagus Salad
If you’d like to make this salad, you’ll need a few ingredients!
1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
1 bunch asparagus
1 bulb fennel
1/2 red onion
1.8 ounces (50 g) Manchego
Juice of one lemon
Zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
How to Make a Shaved Asparagus Salad
Cook the Quinoa. 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.
Combine all the ingredients. Combine asparagus, fennel, onion, and Manchego on a large plate. Sprinkle quinoa across the salad.
Create the dressing. Combine ingredients for dressing and dress salad. Serve immediately.
Tips for this recipe
- I highly recommend this mandoline to shave the asparagus into consistently thin strips. I also recommend these cut protection gloves which will keep your fingers safe!
- If you'd prefer to use a vegetable peeler for this recipe, I have this one from Rosle and it's wonderful!
- This recipe is very flexible - you can subsitute other types of cheese if you don't like Manchego cheese(feta and pecorino would both be great).
I do hope you enjoy this fresh, simple side salad recipe. It's easy, quick, and healthy - but most importantly it's delicious!