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Quinoa Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad
To my very dear blog reader friends,

We are friends, right? I feel like we’ve become friends over the last 6 months. I feel like we have shared interests, we know what each other likes (giant towering cakes and anything with caramel in). We’ve shared tender moments and moments of frustration. Well, we’ve reached a stage where I feel you can trust me, yes? So, just hang in there, this recipe is.. Wait for it..

H-E-A-L-T-H-Y. It has quinoa (key-nee-wah) in.

Quinoa Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad

Trust me, this salad is the good stuff.

It’s full of super stuff, it’s ridiculously tasty and it’s great to keep in the fridge for lunches. It also makes me a bit less guilty about eating cake for breakfast (sometimes).

This is lucky as normally something that takes three pans to make would turn me right off. There’s nothing fiddly though, this is simple and fresh and you should totally make it tonight.

Quinoa Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad
Quinoa has confused me since Gillian McKeith went on and on about it 10 years ago. When I went on a yoga retreat was the first time I had it and loved it. The lovely chef there told me her quinoa secret. Basically, you need to toast it in the pan first. I guess like frying risotto rice before adding liquid? I find it makes a massive difference. Also, making sure that the cooked quinoa can sit in the pan, covered for at the very least 5 minutes, makes it fluff up perfectly.

What makes quinoa so special? It’s gluten free, easy to digest, a complete protein and high in fibre. It’s nutty bite when cooked properly is totally moreish.

I’ve used asparagus as it’s in season this month and tasting amazing. Don’t bother if it’s out of season, it’s always a disappointment. If you want to make this any other time, you could use chopped ripe avocado instead. Avocado makes everything instantly brilliant in my opinion.

Quinoa Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad
Quinoa Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad
Quinoa Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad

4.55 from 11 votes

Quinoa, Asparagus, Pea and Lemon Salad

A light and citrusy spring meal which is packed full of flavour
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250 g quinoa
  • 750 ml good quality vegetable stock, I use Marigold brand
  • 4 courgettes
  • 300 g asparagus
  • 250 g frozen petit pois

For the dressing:

  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Big handful of finely chopped fresh mint
  • Plenty of sea salt and freshly ground pepper

To serve:

  • Parmesan


  • Rinse your quinoa thoroughly in a sieve until the water runs clear.
  • Put your oil into a saucepan over a medium heat and fry your quinoa for 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock and boil for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice your courgettes lengthways and trim your asparagus and griddle them all for a few minutes on each side until soft.
  • Make your dressing by mixing all of the ingredients together and whisking well or shaking in a jam jar.
  • Cook the peas in boiling water for 3 or 4 minutes and drain.
  • When the 20 minutes is up, switch off the heat and leave the lid on the quinoa saucepan for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • Roughly chop the courgette and asparagus and mix with the quinoa, peas and dressing.
  • Serve with shavings of Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 541kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 15gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 851mgPotassium: 1136mgFiber: 10gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 7295IUVitamin C: 46.3mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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Thank you, thank you, thank you again dear friends. Can’t wait to see what the next 6 months brings.

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Sarah x

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  1. 5 stars
    So funny, I popped over to comment after your delicious looking post came up in myHM facebook feed and didn’t even see you’d linked up to #tastytuesdays, thanks darling, so lovely to have you. We adore asparagus in this house and I’ll be making this quinoa dish, so summery, and healthy too. I’ve bid goodbye to sugar for the next 6 weeks so recipes like this will keep me full, happy and away from the naughty stuff of which I’ve had far too much of recently, thanks xx

  2. Wow Sarah this looks truly amazing! Such a gorgeous salad recipe and packed full of so much good stuff, am so bookmarking and making. Beautiful pics too. And well done on getting to the finals, go girl. Lovely to meet you at Food Blogger Connect too!

  3. This sounds lovely, I really like quinoa. Shame that asparagus makes me sneeze… 🙂

  4. This quinoa salad looks fantastic!! I love all the green veggies in it 🙂 I’m a big fan of quinoa – I was a little wary at first (or rather, uncertain that I was cooking it properly), but I’m a huge fan now!