Simple Spring Quinoa Salad April 10, 2015 There’s nothing quite like a cozy blanket and yummy comfort food to keep you warm through the winter, but as the days grow warmer, a light and refreshing salad and a cool glass of lemonade just seems to hit the spot. This particular salad is not only packed with healthy superfoods, but is also super simple to whip up! You’ve probably heard of the many benefits of quinoa, and it’s no wonder it’s considered the world’s most popular superfood. With its high protein, fiber and mineral content, quinoa has become a healthy alternative to rice and is readily available at most local grocery stores. Spring Quinoa Salad with Edamame and Peas Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of uncooked quinoa 1 cup of green peas 1 cup of shelled edamame 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon of salt Optional: 1/4 cup thinly sliced fennel Directions – Cook quinoa according to package directions – Briefly boil peas and edamame; allow to cool – In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon and lime juice, salt and pepper – Mix quinoa, diced onion, edamame , peas and fennel together – Drizzle dressing over salad and toss until thoroughly mixed And enjoy! Here is a fun little tip: mix some of the foliage from the fennel as part of this easy centerpiece. You can use rosemary, mint or any other herb as well. It’s easy and unexpected, which makes it fun for your guests. This salad is not only nutritious and filling, but the edamame and peas make it pretty and colorful! Be sure and present it in some unexpected dishes as well, like this oversized mug, for some extra fun! We hope you love this simple, filling little springtime salad and take the time to enjoy it with friends and family!