Quinoa Avocado Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Quinoa Avocado Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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From: EatingWell Magazine, December 2019

Persimmons add sweetness to this tossed green salad that sports a healthy salad dressing. A sprinkling of crispy fried quinoa adds unexpected crunch, putting the salad over the top in the best way.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper plus ¼ teaspoon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or avocado oil, divided
  • 1¼ cups cooked quinoa, divided
  • 2 heads Belgian endive, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 firm ripe Fuyu persimmons or pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill


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  1. Whisk buttermilk, crème fraîche, vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, shallot, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add ¼ cup quinoa and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  3. Combine endive and persimmons (or pears) with the remaining 1 cup quinoa, 1 tablespoon oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and ⅛ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Spread on a platter. Drizzle avocado with the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and sprinkle with the remaining ⅛ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Arrange on the platter. Drizzle with the reserved dressing. Serve topped with dill and the crispy quinoa.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 431 calories; 29 g fat(7 g sat); 12 g fiber; 43 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 129 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 15 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,636 IU vitamin A; 26 mg vitamin C; 90 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 345 mg sodium; 856 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (43% daily value), Vitamin A (33% dv), Folate (32% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3

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