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Roasted Strawberry and Asparagus Quinoa Salad

Roasted Strawberry and Asparagus Quinoa Salad

I recently came across the concept of roasting strawberries. The idea of roasting strawberries came as a bit of a surprise as I had never even considered it. I like roasting vegetables because it concentrates the flavour and there was no reason that it could not do the same for strawberries. I have recently been enjoying quinoa salads and I thought that a savoury roasted strawberry quinoa salad would be a good place to start experimenting with roasted strawberries. Since strawberries and asparagus generally in season together I thought that adding asparagus would be fitting. Balsamic vinegar goes well with strawberries and I thought that roasting the strawberries in balsamic vinegar would be nice. I also figured that the strawberry juices combined with the balsamic vinegar would make a nice base for a dressing. The roasted strawberry and asparagus quinoa salad turned out to be really tasty! I really enjoyed the roasted strawberries and they were full of flavour. The balsamic dressing went really well with the roasted strawberries and the garlic added a nice bite. I can't wait to use roasted strawberries again.

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup strawberries (sliced)
1/2 pound asparagus (cut into bite sized pieces)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup feta (crumbled)
1 handful pecans (chopped)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon mustard

Directions:
1. Simmer the quinoa in the water until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
2. Toss the strawberries and asparagus in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Roast the strawberries and asparagus in a preheated 400F oven until caramelized, about 10-20 minutes.
4. Assemble the salad.
5. Mix the juices left in the roasting pan with the garlic, honey and mustard in a small bowl.
6. Pour the dressing onto the salad and toss to coat.

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54 comments:

Jody said...

This LOOKS divine...I just started cooking with quinoa...thank you for such a yummy recipe!!!
Jody
www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

Steph said...

Your salad looks great! I'm going to miss your strawberries dishes when they are out of season.

Ferdzy said...

Wow! Novel concept to me too! Looks most interesting... and tasty.

Lisa said...

This is just perfect in every way. A totally balanced meal for the summer. I have roasted strawberries before. Intriguing.

meeso said...

Wow, You have quite a way with food and you're great at presenting it too! I can imagine how great this tastes!

VeggieGirl said...

Kevin, you need to stop tempting me with all these delectable ingredient combinations!! ;0)

cindy* said...

ah, this looks amazing! strawberries and balsamic and asparagus? wonderful. i will have to try this one out quite soon.

Pearlsofeast said...

Kevin , u certainly have a great choice for combination.The colour of your dishes and presentation always appealed me.Raosted strawberry, never heard but sounds great and worth trying.

Bruno said...

Well, I like everything in the recipe... but I'm not sure I'd like them all in one plate. I'm going to have to try it, I suppose. What an interesting idea - thanks for being so innovative!

doggybloggy said...

WOW this is the first breakfast salad I have ever seen...it looks and sounds tasty

maybelles parents said...

looks wonderful. i love all your uses for strawberries.

Jude said...

Interesting.. There's definitely a good mix of textures in this recipe

Elly said...

Looks great as always, Kevin. I have never roasted strawberries but it sounds great. And you know how i love quinoa & asparagus already!

Leslie said...

Another delish dish from Kevin!

Dishing Up said...

This looks wonderful. I make quinoa salads every week for lunch at work and I just got some beautiful strawberries and asparagus at the farmer's market yesterday!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

You sure have been using loads of balsamic vinegar, haven't you?! Interesting thing way of dealing with strawberries!

Jeanine said...

Roasted strawberries, I can't say I've ever had that! Sounds delicious though. I need to try some recipes using quinoa. BTW, thanks for popping by our blog earlier, I appreciate the comment. :)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Roasted strawberries: cool idea! Great-looking salad and I love it that you used strawberries in a savoury dish.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That's a lovely salad, Kevin! I love all of the different things you've got going on there. Great job!

Melanie said...

Roasting strawberries is a new concept to me but it sounds delicious!

Bridgett said...

Wow, what a great idea! Looks like another tempting dish!

Paula said...

I was just thinking about preparing some quinoa when I saw your post. This looks lovely, and I've not seen anything like it. The combo of quinoa and garbanzo beans sounds delish to me, too. Yum!

Elra said...

Sounds very healthy and perfect for summer!

White On Rice Couple said...

another brilliant dish and lesson Kevin! I'll start roasting strawberries from now on!

Emiline said...

It's interesting to see how your mind works.
Your salad sounds wonderful! I'm not sure yet if I like quinoa. I probably should give it another try.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

this is something new...hmm i saw strawberry salad at peter's place too..this is a trend eh?

Astra Libris said...

Kevin, this looks amazing! Such a brilliant idea, roasting strawberries!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Roasted stawberries and balsamic vinegar is an excellent choice. Perfect blend of sweet and savory. The asparagus is a nice touch too.

Michele said...

Do you remember chocolateandzucchini's strawberry/asparagus tart, back in the day?

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2005/04/asparagus_and_strawberry_tart.php

Fearless Kitchen said...

This is really interesting. I can't say as I would have ever thought of roasting strawberries, but I can certainly follow your logic and it all makes sense.

Pam said...

You make healthy food looks so tasty. I love the idea of roasting strawberries!

eatme_delicious said...

Holy wow!! What an amazing stunning creation. I'm definitely saving this recipe! I love that you added chickpeas to, to give it some protein.

Grace said...

once again you've combined what i consider to be a random assortment of ingredients and created a masterpiece. how do you do it?

Deborah said...

I've never had roasted strawberries before. Sounds delicious!

Cheryl said...

OHH my gawd that looks insanely delicious! I have never had quinoa or roasted berries, what a great idea!

Jan said...

Kevin whatever next! What a fantastic idea roasting strawberries! That looks amazing.

Daziano said...

I love strawberries too so I'm enjoying all of your recipes!!!

Jeena said...

This is so healthy and with so so much flavour.

TheSassyChef said...

So we're into roasting fruits eh? Sounds good to me! I never knew quinoa could look that good!

Maryann said...

I've never roasted strawberries! Great idea!

giz said...

And just when I thought you were done with asparagus and strawberries - you cough up yet another fabulous dish.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Leave it to you to come up with such a great idea, roasted strawberries, love it!

cookinpanda said...

Oh this looks really nice! Roasted strawberries are really interesting to me, but surely delicious.

redmenace said...

This looks delicious. Sweet and savory!!!

amandalouden said...

this looks great too! I love the idea about roasting the berries. Asparagus, sadly, are no longer in season where I live...so sad.

katiez said...

What an incredibly interesting salad!
And pretty (not to mention having all my favorite things)

Archana said...

I would be even more glad if you could send this recipe as well to my ONE DISH MEAL- SALAD event. So fully packed with proteins that it can make a meal

Skinny Chef said...

Hi Kevin,

seems like you're one of the favorites among the Quinoa crowd... just posted several recipes with Quinoa (Quinoa Crusted Chicken Fingers + Quinoa Risotto) on my site, along with an overview post on "What is Quinoa?" I'd love your opinion - hope you have a few minutes in your busy day...

Happy and Healthy Cooking,
Skinny Chef

P.S. Almost forgot the URL: http://skinnychef.com/blog/quinoa

ttfn300 said...

this was awesome! thanks for sharing :)

Cara said...

Wow, I am so glad this came up in your related links today.. as if today's recipe wasn't good enough (I love artichokes!) the idea of roasting strawberries sounds fantastic! I'm definitely bookmarking this one.

Laurierand said...

As I am eating a salad with your Roasted Strawberry Dressing, I find this on Pinterest. Your recipes always catch my eye then reward me with wonderful tasting food. Thank you!

Kelli said...

I made this for lunch today (sans feta cheese) and it was really good!! Thanks for another great recipe!

Mom/Barb said...

Looks awesome! Is the mustard 'dry mustard'? Thanks!!

Kevin Lynch said...

Mom/Barb: It is a wet mustard, I usually go with a dijon.

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