Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad

For a meatless main-dish recipe in less than 30 minutes, combine quinoa, avocado, tomatoes, and spinach. The lemon juice mixture adds a refreshing citrus flavor.



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Ingredients
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    1/2  cup 
    uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained*
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    1   cup 
    water
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    2   
    roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
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    1/2  cup 
    shredded fresh spinach
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    1/3  cup 
    finely chopped red onion (1 small)
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    2   tablespoons 
    lemon juice
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    2   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    Spinach leaves
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    2   
    ripe avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced**
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    1/3  cup 
    crumbled feta cheese

Directions
1.
In a 1-1/2-quart saucepan combine quinoa and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
2.
Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl. Add tomato, spinach, and onion; stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, and salt. Add to quinoa mixture; toss to coat.
3.
Place spinach leaves on 4 salad plates. Arrange avocado slices on spinach leaves. Spoon quinoa mixture over avocado slices. Sprinkle with some of the feta. Makes 4 main-dish servings.
Note
  • *Rinse quinoa thoroughly before cooking to remove a bitter substance called saponin that coats the seeds.
    **Brush avocado slices with additional lemon juice to prevent browning.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 332, Fat, total (g) 24, chol. (mg) 11, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 27, fiber (g) 8, pro. (g) 7, vit. A (IU) 2235.15, vit. C (mg) 21.85, sodium (mg) 457, calcium (mg) 111.06, iron (mg) 3.24, Vegetables () 0.5, Starch () 1.5, Fat () 4.5, Mark as Free Exchange () 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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