BLT-A Quinoa Salad

by Marla on July 18, 2011 · 113 comments

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Micro Greens over quinoa in glass mason jar with cherry tomatoes
A BLT is a great thing. Traditionally it is served between 2 pieces of bread. The same ingredients are delish in pasta too, as Vanderbilt Wife does in her BLC Pasta Salad. *Hi* Jessie, I am your Secret Recipe Club pal this month. Surprise! Your pasta looks awesome and I have changed it up a bit. Instead of pasta I am using gluten free quinoa and instead of cucumber I am using something else green….creamy avocado.

Micro Greens over quinoa in glass mason jar with cherry tomatoes

Jessie’s blog was my treat for the ever growing and  super fun Secret Recipe Club. This is a food blogger event in which we are given the name of a blog and we create a recipe based off something in their recipe box. Participants need to keep the info secret until the reveal day. Thanks to Amanda’s Cookin’ for hosting this event. Last month I made a gluten free Peach Sour Cream Walnut Cake.

This month I opted for savory….with a few sweets on the side. Blueberry juice makes a big sweet splash.

Blueberry juice with ice cubes in jar on bandanas

And juicy watermelon is always a hit!

Summer Picnic BBQ with fresh watermelon on blue bandana

The salad I am sharing is simple and is great for backyard entertaining or for meals out of the house. Pack it up in your mason jar and off you go. The jar is also a fun way to serve guests. This is a wonderful recipe for outdoor BBQ’s and picnics.

Micro Greens over quinoa in glass mason jar with cherry tomatoes

The quinoa grain has been super popular these days. Folks around the web are serving it up hot, cold and everywhere in between. It is a complete protein and is gluten free. It also comes in a lot of pretty colors. Remember my Wild Salmon with Basil Aioli Sauce? For that recipe I used black quinoa. The white grain used in this salad has a slightly more mild flavor.

You could use any color though. Quinoa even grows in a beautiful shade of red.

Bright summer tomatoes on Family Fresh Cooking blog

I can never get over how beautiful cherry tomatoes are. They come in so many vibrant shades or yellow, orange and red. They burst with flavor in the summer months.

Micro Greens over quinoa in glass mason jar with cherry tomatoes

To satisfy vegan friends you can leave out the feta cheese and use little soy bacon bits or veggie bacon.

Micro Greens over quinoa on white plates with cherry tomatoes

At the bottom of this post are the other participants in this club. You can also join us in the fun…the more the merrier! Adaptations and creativity are encouraged. This is a great way to get involved with our food blog community.

Micro Greens over quinoa in glass mason jar with cherry tomatoes

How do you like to prepare quinoa?

BLT-A Quinoa Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

BLT-A Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry Quinoa, prepare according to package directions
  • 4 ounces Bacon, diced (I used nitrate free turkey bacon, use your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • a handful of chopped Cilantro or Italian Parsley
  • 1/4 cup diced Green Onion
  • 1 Avocado, diced and toss with lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Avocado or Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • a few handfuls Micro Greens, Baby Spinach leaves or your favorite Lettuce
  • a few ounces of Feta Cheese

Method

  • Prepare quinoa, let it cool. Mix lemon juice, vinegar and oil with quinoa in a medium bowl. Add the bacon, tomatoes, cilantro and green onion and combine well. Season to taste with garlic salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice and vinegar if desired. Gently mix in the avocado. Plate the quinoa salad and top with mixed greens and some feta cheese before serving.
  • Notes
  • I toasted my quinoa with a splash of avocado oil first over medium high heat. This gives it a bit more flavor. Feel free to use black, white or red quinoa.
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