Tricolor quinoa and grilled asparagus salad

This is the second salad we served during our special dinner and one of the best I’ve ever made. It’s a nice companion on any BBQ meat or you can even eat by itself as a snack or light dinner.


  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 250g quinoa
  • one bunch asparagus
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 250g halved grape tomatoes
  • 250g sugar snap peas
  • 200g crumbled feta cheese
  • 2tbsp each fresh chopped basil and mint

In a saucepan, bring broth and garlic to a boil. Add quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approx. 20 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with fork into a large bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, toss asparagus with 1tbsp of olive oil. Place on greased grill over high heat turning occasionally, for about 6 minutes or until slightly charred and tender crisp. Remove to cutting board and chop in large pieces and then add quinoa. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over quinoa and stir well to coat. Add tomatoes, sugar snap peas, feta, basil and mint and stir to combine well.

Family dinner-2

Family dinner-2


18 thoughts on “Tricolor quinoa and grilled asparagus salad

  1. That dish looks so good!
    Thanks for the recipe….when it comes to cooking, I need all the help I can get.
    I grew up in a big family, with 8 brothers and sisters.
    My mom’s recipe for spaghetti called for 2 cans of tomato sauce and about 4 or 5 cans of water, to make it go farther.


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  3. This salad looks fantastic – I make one often that’s very similar!
    I found your blog through Sophie’s Food Files, it is great! I look forward to seeing more of your recipes.
    Sophia 🙂


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  5. Bonjour Doru! Arata yummy-rau… 🙂 Quinoa e foarte à la mode si populara în Franta de vreo 10 ani, iar “asparagus”(asperges) din totdeauna… 🙂
    – – –
    am petrecut o saptamâna formidabila pe coasta atlantica basca franco-spaniola, unde nu mai fusesem de vreo 20 ani… Sigur te-ar interesa (si) din pdv gastronomic, iata ce-am servit acum doua zile la San Sebastian:
    – – –
    Sanatate, bafta si spor în tot ce-ti propui… Thanx for your stop-over(s) @ “playground”! As dori sa am timp mai mult pentru a surfa pe-aci as often as possible, da’ viata reala ne trage de mâneci pe toti… 🙂 My very best & respectful regards, Mélanie


  6. ..I think this is by far my favourite salad..I loved the combination of asparagus and quinoa….and Feta cheese just added a nice kick…


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