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Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Avocado & Arugula

You guys know that a grain salad bowl is one of my favorite easy, portable lunches – they’re filling and satisfying and the variations are endless! This quinoa salad takes it to the next level with orange-infused quinoa and an orange vinaigrette for maximum fresh flavor. Thank you to the Florida Department of Citrus for sponsoring this post!

Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Avocado & Arugula - orange juice infuses the quinoa itself and the vinaigrette for a light, fresh, and flavorful lunch or dinner!

Now that it’s the new year, I have a feeling you guys may be looking for some nutritious packed lunch ideas that are also tasty and not boring, so I thought this recipe would be well timed!

I love having grain salad bowls for lunch because they keep me full by packing in plenty of veggies, fiber, and protein, and they lend themselves to lots of flavor and texture combinations. This salad has all the key components of a filling grain salad bowl: whole grains, beans for protein, leafy greens for volume, healthy fats for satiety and a yummy dressing to tie it all together. (If you’re on the hunt for more grain salad bowl ideas, check out my mix & match grain salad bowl recipes!) 

The star of this recipe is the Florida Orange Juice, which does double duty in the quinoa AND the vinaigrette.

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Cooking the quinoa in a mixture of vegetable broth and orange juice adds a sweet, tangy flavor while still keeping this a savory dish. On its own this is the most flavorful quinoa I’ve ever had – and the dressing and mix-ins make it even better!

Tossing everything together with a simple orange vinaigrette keeps the salad from being too dry, and amps up the flavor even more. I like taking shortcuts with recipes to make them faster and easier (things like buying canned beans and pre-washed salad greens, using 90 second brown rice, etc.), but one thing I always love to do is make my own homemade salad dressing. It’s so easy and the flavor is always way better! This one is especially delicious thanks to the tangy orange juice.

If your goal is to eat healthier in the new year, think about adding rather than subtracting; adding in a healthy, balanced lunch is a great place to start.

I hope you’ll give this easy salad recipe a try. Let me know how you like it – here’s the full recipe!

Serves 4     adjust servings

Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Avocado & Arugula

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 15-oz can white beans
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 avocado, diced

For the orange vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine quinoa, 1 1/2 cups orange juice, and vegetable broth in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Allow to cool (this step can be done in advance).
  2. Place cooked quinoa, white beans, arugula, almonds, and feta in a large bowl.
  3. In a small jar, combine all vinaigrette ingredients and shake to combine. Pour vinaigrette over quinoa mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Top salad with diced avocado and additional feta and almonds, if desired. 

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Recipe Notes

 

Want more Florida Orange Juice recipe ideas? Orange juice makes an awesome meat marinade (the acidity helps to tenderize the meat – see also 8 Easy Chicken or Tofu Marinades and Orange Lemon Chicken recipe) and it’s great in smoothies (try my Hangover Busting Smoothie recipe). It’s also an excellent form of hydration (if watered down/mixed with a little salt – check out my Homemade Citrus Sport Drink Recipe) for endurance athletes – 8 ounces of 100% orange juice actually provides as much potassium as a banana! That same 8 ounces glass also delivers a full day’s supply of Vitamin C, two servings of fruit, and is a good source of folic acid (especially important for my pregnant readers).

What’s your favorite way to use Florida Orange Juice? Do you drink it straight or use it in recipes? 

For more orange juice recipe ideas and nutrition tips, check out the Florida Department of Citrus’s website, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Comments

  1. 1

    This looks and sounds amazing! I have a small bottle of Welch’s juice blend that I can use to make the last of the quinoa in our pantry. We just bought a small tub of greens and avocado, so we’re just about all set! :)

  2. 3

    This salad recipe looks really good. I’m looking forward to eating a lot more veggies and fruits than I have in the last couple weeks over the holidays.

  3. 5

    This sounds awesome! I love sweet/savory salads.

  4. 6

    Wow–I’ve never thought to cook quinoa in some juice! What a great idea to add flavor. This will definitely be added to my weekly rotation!

  5. 7

    This looks delicious!!!

  6. 8

    This recipe came at exactly the right time. I made soooo much quinoa over the weekend I don’t know what to do with it. AND I have almost all of the other ingredients on hand already. Admittedly, I’m not a huge OJ drinker (my Mom has a glass every morning, though). But I do love orange juice cooked into sauces — or dressings! Thanks for the yummy idea!

  7. 10

    Perhaps it’s because I’m living in the ice age at this moment but does the quinoa need to be cooled before incorporating everything else or can this be a “warm” salad?

  8. 12

    Would pre-wilting the arugula in a pan make it hold up better for a longer period? I am hoping to have this last around 3 days in the fridge.

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