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Friday, July 3, 2020

Mizuna Greens and Quinoa Salad

Texture and flavor abound in this fresh salad. Don't worry if you can't find mizuna greens, kale would be a fabulous substitute.

close up of bowl of salad with quinoa, greens, chickpeas and feta


     This Mediterranean style salad is loaded with the good stuff.  The hearty greens make it a perfect make ahead recipe. The quinoa and chickpeas add great protein and interest. A bit of feta adds that salty zing and the simple dressing brings it all together.


      Our CSA does a great job of introducing us to new kinds of produce. The variety of greens is always fun.

    Luckily they always give recipe ideas for the ones that might be unfamiliar.  A quinoa salad was suggested for the mizuna greens.

 salad served with grilled meat and veggie kabobs


    I love a good grain salad.  We have been enjoying caprese quinoa salad for several years and it's one of my favorite ways to use cherry tomatoes.

     When they suggested a quinoa salad for these feathery greens, I was instantly in. I didn't have all of the other ingredients on hand, so I adapted it to mimic the flavors of my lemony kale salad.

A little about mizuna greens


    Mizuna greens are flavorful and sturdy, making them perfect for a salad like this.  The are a little spicy like a mix between mustard greens and oregano.

    They have a mild peppery taste and a great feathery appearance. Adding a handful add both visual interest and flavor.

large serving dish of salad ready for dinner!


Mizuna greens do not wilt easily after contact with salad dressing. If anything, like kale, it is even better with a little time to marinade.

So this salad is a great make ahead dish. I made it several hours before dinner and it was amazing.

More on the salad


   The leftovers made an amazing lunch throughout the week. Even after several days I was absolutely looking forward to lunch so I could have some.

    This would make a great picnic or potluck dish for that same reason. It's always nice to have a healthy and carefree option for those occasions.

If you can't find mizuna greens,  use another sturdy green.  Shredded kale would be a great alternative.


You could also try arugula or watercress. There are a lot of great options but do try the mizuna if you can find it.




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Fresh and Filling Mediterranean Style Mizuna Greens and Quinoa Saladhttps://youtu.be/QCtuJlrv1hYThis salad is full of texture and nutrition. It is great for a potluck because you can make it ahead of time. The leftovers store really well. I made a batch on Sunday and ate it for lunch throughout the week!https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9uJDDm9j8WI/Xv5cV4WxYTI/AAAAAAAA_SA/GmrU-iu0zNMb7X5kB9WXz6MGnmUJz5jjgCNcBGAsYHQ/s400/Untitled.jpg2020-06-30
Yield: 16 Servings
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Mizuna Greens and Quinoa Salad

Mizuna Greens and Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean style salad is loaded with the good stuff. The hearty greens make it a perfect make ahead recipe. The quinoa and chickpeas add great protein and interest. A bit of feta adds that salty zing and the simple dressing brings it all together.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 4-5 cups mizuna greens, lightly packed
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Wash and dry the greens. Then roughly chop them into bite sized pieces.
  3. Rinse and drain the can of chickpeas.
  4. Add the cooled quinoa, greens, chickpeas and feta into a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and a healthy pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  5. Cover and chill until ready to serve. 
Calories
186.20
Fat (grams)
7.41
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.77
Carbs (grams)
23.78
Fiber (grams)
5.86
Net carbs
17.92
Sugar (grams)
1.65
Protein (grams)
7.70
Sodium (milligrams)
185.54
Cholesterol (grams)
6.31
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  This Mediterranean style salad is loaded with the good stuff.  The hearty greens make it a perfect make ahead recipe. The quinoa and chickpeas add great protein and interest. A bit of feta adds that salty zing and the simple dressing brings it all together.



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