Quinoa Avocado Salad with Buttermilk Dressing


Persimmons add sweetness to this healthy avocado salad. Crispy fried quinoa adds unexpected crunch, putting the salad over the top in the best way.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 cups


  • 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

  • teaspoon ground pepper plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or avocado oil, divided

  • 1 ¼ cups cooked quinoa, divided

  • 2 heads Belgian endive, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 firm ripe Fuyu persimmons or pears, thinly sliced

  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill


  1. Whisk buttermilk, crème fraîche, vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, shallot, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 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 1/8 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 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Arrange on the platter. Drizzle with the reserved dressing. Serve topped with dill and the crispy quinoa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
29g Fat
43g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 7g 13%
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 1636IU 33%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Folate 129mcg 32%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 82mg 20%
Potassium 857mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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