Quinoa BLT Salad

9 Jul

I stumbled across this recipe on the Dulcet Devotion site and was instantly interested: healthy salad + bacon and feta? Best of both worlds! I made a couple of minor adjustments but otherwise it’s pretty close to the original. This was a light, satisfying salad that had crunchy, salty and sweet elements that had me going back for seconds. Next time I make it, I think I’ll add in some chili flakes or Sriracha for a spicy bite.

Serves 2 (as a main)

Ingredients

1 c quinoa, rinsed
4 – 5 strips bacon
1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of cilantro and/or parsley, roughly chopped
2 avocados, diced
1/4 c green onions, diced
1 lemon, juiced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tb balsamic vinegar
1 tb olive oil/avocado oil
1 ts kosher salt
1 ts black pepper
handful of greens
50 oz feta, crumbled

Directions

1. Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package. Place in a large bowl and let cool for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook, drain and crumble the bacon.
3. Put the tomatoes, green onion, avocado and herbs into a medium bowl. Mix together with a little bit of lemon juice.


4. Once the quinoa has cooled, add in the olive oil, rest of the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic and salt & pepper. Stir to mix thoroughly.


5. Add in the rest of the salad fixings and season to taste, remembering that the feta will add some saltiness.


6. Plate the quinoa salad and top with greens and feta.

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5 Responses to “Quinoa BLT Salad”

  1. dulcetdevotion July 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! I agree, I think it’d taste great with some spice added in, or even a thicker, creamier dressing…something to tinker with. But it tastes remarkably like a real BLT which I thought was awesome:)

    • foodNURD July 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      The garlic gave it a nice kick but it need just a little something more. Loved it, though, and there were no leftovers! 🙂

      • dulcetdevotion July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

        Agreed. I think I added more salt and more balsamic–might leave out the lemon juice? It actually tasted even better day two…

      • foodNURD July 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

        I did a little less balsamic as I was using the really good stuff and it’s potent! I did add more salt, though: the quinoa really absorbs it. Just wanted to make sure I didn’t over-salt w/ the bacon & feta. I wish I had some left! 🙂

      • dulcetdevotion July 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

        I wondered about the seasoning because I couldn’t wait for the quinoa to cool down before adding the dressing (I was too hungry and excited). At least you can add salt to taste after adding everything else in, so as not to go too far.

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