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Red Quinoa Salad

Creamy and savoury, this protein powerhouse is a main meal with extra greens or a beautiful side that will surely steal the show. Who can not get enough of tarragon anyway?


  • 16 Baby red beets trimmed
  • 2 tbsp Sherry vinegar divided
  • 1 cups Red quinoa
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil divided
  • 1 Medium avocado
  • 2 tsp Tarragon chopped
  • 2 tsp Shallot minced
  • 2 tsp Gren onion minced
  • 1 tbsp Lime zest
  • 1 cups Wild arugula leaves
  • 2 tbsp Pistachio nuts chopped
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • Grapefruit slices optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place beets, 1 Tbs. vinegar, and 1 cup water in large baking dish. Season with salt, if desired, and bake 1 hour, or until beets are tender. Cool, then peel and quarter.
  • Bring quinoa and 2 & 1/2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. Drain, and cool. Toss with 1 & 1/2 Tbs. oil.
  • Mash avocado with tarragon, shallot, 1 Tbs. oil, lime juice, and lime zest. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Toss beets in remaining 1 & 1/2 Tbs. oil and remaining 1 Tbs. vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Divide arugula, beets, quinoa, and avocado mixture among serving plates. Sprinkle with pistachios, and garnish with grapefruit, if using.