Quinoa Walnut Salad with Wasabi Dressing

Spring? Summer? Not sure what’s going on with the weather in Virginia but in spite of the incessant rain, the green trees and foliage lends a spark to life.

We have vegetables, herbs and trees we are planting and it is all very uplifting for our own being and the life of this planet.

This salad needs no recipe but here it is…. You should adjust the ingredients to your taste.

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The base ingredients are cooked quinoa, chopped cucumbers, chopped walnuts, cranberries, lots of chopped parsley, chopped mint and some arugula. You can really add and subtract what you like but keep some crunch( cucumbers), some carbs( quinoa), some  good fats ( walnuts)  and some sweetness ( cranberries).

I cooked the quinoa in a rice cooker with the setting of white rice. Please use any method that works for you.

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The dressing is another story. I love wasabi and found this dried powder version I am able to use in dressings. It has just the right amount of sharpness. The truffle oil adds an earthy dimension that will leave you craving for more.

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Quinoa Walnut Salad with Wasabi Dressing

  • Servings: many
  • Difficulty: easy
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a beautiful spring inspired quinoa salad

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups chopped chopped organic cucumbers
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup arugula

Dressing

  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons truffle oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • Pink salt  and black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Mix the salad ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Whip the dressing together and adjust the seasoning
  • Pour over the salad, toss and serve

I am taking this to  Fiesta Friday #170,  with Angie and our co-hosts Monika and Sue.

I have also shared this with CookBlogShare hosted  by Hijacked by Twins

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely! Fresh and healthy and glorious 🙂

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    1. Thanks Elaine- have a sunshiny weekend 🙂

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      1. Thank you, and you x

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  2. Love the dressing!!! esp with the wasabi powder added in!!!

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    1. Thanks 🙏. I do love that wasabi powder 😁 adds just the right amount of zing! Do try it.

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  3. Jhuls says:

    I love the balance of everything in this salad. I never had walnuts in salads and this sounds fresh and healthy. And of course, delicious, too. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend, Zeba!

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    1. Thanks Jhuls- I love walnuts and they added the perfect crunch to this salad. Hope you are having a lovely weekend too!

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  4. Monika says:

    There is nothing I don’t like about this salad, the ingredients are brilliant, such a delicious flavour combination! I’ve never used wasabi powder, must give it a try. Thank you for sharing with FF:)

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    1. Thank you Monika…the wasabi and the truffle oil really elevated the salad.

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  5. KR says:

    Look amazing. Wasabi is great idea! Thank you for inspiration!

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  6. Great food for my next bookclub meeting. Yum.

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    1. Sounds like an awesome idea! Thanks and enjoy your book club!

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