Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

lemon quinoa salad with tomato and asparagusThis week is all about Spring recipes on the #SundaySupper site, but honestly, I think that thinking is kind of hopeful! We still have snow and have more coming, so “spring” is just not on the horizon yet in these parts of New England. That said, I am sharing a great recipe for a healthy, lemony, quinoa salad that thankfully, you can enjoy whenever you want to – Spring or not!

If you like pasta salads but don’t want to eat all that…well, pasta, then quinoa salad may be your new favorite thing. Quinoa is just plain yummy and a good way to switch up your boring routine salads! This spring-time version has all the best smells too: basil and lemon. Oh my. My kitchen smells amazing from this!

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove peeled garlic, pressed
  • 10 spears fresh asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4-6 basil leaves, chopped or thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. Make the quinoa according to the package directions (simmer until done). Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium saute pan, add the oil and saute the garlic, taking care not to burn.
  3. Add the asparagus and saute until it turns bright green and then browned a bit.
  4. While this cooks, to a large bowl, add the cooled quinoa. Squeeze the lemon juice over the quinoa with zest and stir to combine. Add the tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the asparagus, making sure to scrape the oil and garlic into the bowl. Stir gently to combine it all. Serve at room temperature or chill until ready to serve cooled.
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Thanks to the host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.

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lemon quinoa salad with tomato and asparagus

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23 thoughts on “Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

  1. cheri

    What a beautiful salad you created, love that you added quinoa too. we are having a heat wave right now in Arizona so this is very welcomed, our farmers market have had asparagus for weeks now.

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    LOVE quinoa! All the flavors going on in this salad are just making me drool. Happy first day of spring (even though it doesn’t really feel like it yet)!

  3. Sarah

    I love asparagus and lemon is such a fresh combo for it. I just posted a pizza with the combo but this salad looks simply delicious and I bet would really hit the spot. Hoping I can add it into our week as it’s fresh and perfect for the first week of spring.

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