Asparagus and Quinoa Salad

After indulging through the holidays and coming out of the winter months, your body is craving a cleansing.  This week I am sharing several detox salad recipes that are power packed with nutrients, but not at the price of flavor.  You can even enjoy your salad along with grilled cold water fish or chicken to get even more detoxing support through their good fats and protein.

Today’s featured detox salad is Asparagus & Quinoa.

asaparagus and quinoa

Quinoa, pronounced as Keen-wah, is a superfood that you will want to have as a staple in your diet.  I wasn’t too interested in it at first because I wasn’t wild about the taste, but after learning how amazing this food is, I’ve been finding tasty ways to cook with it.

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Here are just a couple of the benefits of this superfood:   Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat and contains all nine essential amino acids.  Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and this can alleviate migraines.  Other health benefits of magnesium include body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.  Shabang!  No wonder the Incas believed it increased the stamina of their warriors.

                                                Asparagus & Quinoa Salad

1 Cup uncooked quinoa008

10 asparagus spears

1 beet roasted and chopped

2 cups of spinach and mixed greens

For the Vinaigrette

*this serves 6 so you will have some to use later

                                 3/4 cup of olive oil

                                 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar

                                 2 TBS water

                                 2 TBS Honey

                                 Season to taste with pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook the quinoa
  2. Trim the woody ends by simply breaking the ends off.  Place asparagus spears in boiling water for 2 min.  Plunge them in cold water.  Chop them in 1 inch pieces.
  3. Coat the mixed greens lightly with dressing.  Place quinoa on the salad bed, then the asparagus, top with beets.
  4. Drizzle with the dressing and toss.

Apple Cider Vinegar benefits are plentiful too.  I was surprised to find it helps with hiccups;)  But, for our purposes, the big reason you want to integrate this into your diet is because it aides in weight loss.  The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism and reduces water retention.

Delight your digestive system and taste buds with this flavorful salad:)

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