Seasonal Recipe: Spring Quinoa Salad

Perfect For A Fresh Start Of The Day

By Anisa Kazemi
May 4, 2017
Food & Drink

What's healthy, super delicious and made of Japanese fresh produce?

To me, spring means bidding sayonara to foods hot and heavy and instead making room for those light, crisp and refreshing. And as we all know, there are numerous benefits to eating produce in season — it’s often tastier, fresher with a higher nutritional value, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly than its imported friends, to name a few. So forget Bart Simpson’s infamous chant: “you don’t win friends with salad,” this season, because with the incredible produce Spring brings, healthy salads will be your best pals!

Here is one of my most favorite recipes for tossing together an assortment of nutritious spring herbs and veggies during the early spring days: Spring Quinoa Salad.

What To Prepare:

  • A small bunch of fresh parsley
  • A small bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 cup quinoa, (surprisingly found in most rice isles of most Japanese supermarkets)
  • 4-5 stalks of asparagus
  • 1 small punnet of shelled green peas
  • 1 small punnet of snap peas
  • 1/2 cup of shelled edamame beans
  • 1 cup of red grapes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of nuts and seeds of choice (I used pumpkin seeds and pistachio nuts)
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

How To Cook It:

  1. Using a sharp knife, roughly chop all herbs.
  2. Cut asparagus and snap peas in pieces roughly the same size while removing their woody ends.
  3. Cook Quinoa in boiling water according to the package instructions.
  4. Place the asparagus, green peas, snap peas, and edamame beans into a heatproof colander and rest it over the quinoa pan. Cover and steam for a quick minute, or until tenderized. Once done, drain and rinse the quinoa and vegetables under cold running water, then leave both to cool.
  5. Combine all salad ingredients together and mix gently
  6. Refrigerate … if you don’t accidentally eat the whole thing!

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Persian-kiwi Anisa (born in Iran, raised in NZ) came to Japan for the tofu. Her favorite word is "shemomedjamo." It's a Georgian word describing the many an occasion when your stomach is really truly full but the food is so damn delicious that you just can't resist but to eat more. It loosely translates to "I accidently ate the whole thing" — which also happens to be the title of her blog where she loves discussing food and sharing recipes of her own. But before you think she's a glutton, know that it's all super healthy and good for you.

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