Quinoa Avocado Salad with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette

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Quinoa Avocado Salad with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

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It’s June, school is out, and the vegetables are starting to pop in the garden, all signs that it’s summer, even if the weather still feels like spring. I enjoy walking through the garden in the morning, watering and checking for signs of critters and weeds. It’s a relaxing way to start my day.

This year I added more parsley to the herb bed because I just love it in summer salads. And I think it doesn’t get enough recognition in the food world, where it’s too often relegated to garnish or a flavor enhancer, but it’s actually very good for you. Parsley has 13 vitamins and minerals, including protein and substantial amounts of vitamins A, C, K, and folic acid, plus iron and beta carotene. Both the flat leaf and curly parsley make excellent salads, and they grow easily in home gardens.

Parsley in our garden - Andrea Meyers

Growing parsley is pretty easy, it just needs full sun and rich, well-drained soil. The seeds have a tough outer coating and germinate slowly, but you can speed the process by soaking the seeds in water overnight before planting, and you can put them in the ground about 3 to 4 weeks before last frost. You can also find plants at any local nursery or garden center. As the parsley grows and starts to take off, snip off the outer stems. The plant will continue to produce and you’ll have parsley all season long. Parsley is a biennial, which means it will flower the next season and then die, so you will need to put in new plants each year.

Recipe Notes

This is another good make ahead recipe, just make the lemon vinaigrette and quinoa the day before you plan to eat it. The quinoa will be nicely chilled in the refrigerator, and the vinaigrette ingredients will have melded well.

QUINOA AVOCADO SALAD WITH PARSLEY, CORN, TOMATOES, AND LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Serves 8 as a side dish.

Equipment

small bowl
2-quart pot with lid
large bowl

Ingredients

1 cup (6-1/2 ounces/184 g) quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s Tricolor Quinoa in the photo above.)
12 ounces (340 g) fresh sweet corn from the cob, or thawed from frozen
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4 plum tomatoes, diced
2 large avocadoes, cubed

LEMON VINAIGRETTE

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from about 3 lemons
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. VINAIGRETTE – Whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients in the small bowl, and set aside.

2. QUINOA – Prepare the quinoa according to the package directions. Transfer to the large bowl and cool.

3. Toss the corn, parsley, and diced tomatoes with the quinoa. Gently fold in the avocadoes and the lemon vinaigrette, and allow to rest about 5 minutes, then serve.

More Summer Salad Recipes

Spicy Shrimp Salad - Andrea Meyers Cucumber Salad with Tomato, Bell Pepper, and Spicy Thai Lime Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers Zucchini Soba Salad - Andrea Meyers

More Recipes Featuring Parsley From Other Blogs

Kalyn’s Kitchen – Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips

A Muse in the Kitchen – Peas and Orzo with Parsley Pesto

Just a Taste – Green Juice in a Blender

The Perfect Pantry – Tabbouleh

[An original post from Andrea Meyers: making life delicious. All images and text copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.]

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Comments

  1. Theresa says

    My partner forwarded this recipe to me about 24 hours ago. I was immediately intrigued. Avocado & Quinoa are some of my favorite foods. And lemon? I wouldn’t want to live my culinary life without it.
    I can report that this was a fresh, light and entirely delicious. We served it with a small piece of Orange Roughy and a wedge of Naan. To die for. :)

  2. Kim says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love everything in it. My only question is should I double it our not? Knowing my family probably.

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