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Asparagus & Pea Salad mixed in a bowl with quinoa and asparagus shavings

Spring Asparagus & Pea Salad With Quinoa

  • Author: Chef Cindy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cooked
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan


Welcome the green colors of spring with this refreshingly light Spring Asparagus & Pea Salad With Quinoa And  Fresh Herbs. 




1 bunch of asparagus (11/2 pounds)

1 cup fresh spring peas

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs – basil, dill, mint (reserve some for topping)

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing:

2 tbsp lemon juice

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp dijon mustard

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper


  1. Trim the tough ends of the asparagus spears. With a vegetable peeler, shave off the outer layer of each asparagus stalk. Chop the shavings into short strips. 
  2. Using a steamer pot (or steamer basket), steam the asparagus stalks until tender-crisp (approximately 10 minutes). Remove the steamer insert with the asparagus and set them aside on a cutting board.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water (add more water if needed). Add peas to the water and cook until peas are tender  (not mushy) – about 10 minutes. Remove the peas with a slotted spoon, set them aside, and cool to room temperature. 
  4. Blanch the asparagus shavings by dropping them in the boiling water for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove them with a  slotted spoon. Cool to room temperature. 
  5. Add cooked quinoa to a large bowl.
  6. Mince a blend of your favorite herbs. 
  7. Slice the asparagus on a diagonal, about 1 inch in length, and add to the quinoa bowl with peas, asparagus shavings, and chopped herbs. 
  8. Make the lemon vinaigrette by adding ingredients to a glass jar – seal and shake until well blended.
  9. Pour your desired amount of dressing over the salad, and stir gently until well blended. Top with a few herbs and serve. 


Lemon Vinaigrette: makes about 1/2 cup of dressing – any leftover can be used on salads. 

Keywords: asparagus recipes, asparagus pea recipes, quinoa salad