Asparagus Detox Salad

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This incredibly healthy recipe was found on Pop Sugar here. I was looking for recipes that will help for a little last-minute bloat before I go away on a last minute trip, and this came up. Since it is chock full of things that are awesome for you, I decided to go for it. Now, I’ve been open before about my dislike of beets, but I think I’m coming around to them. Especially roasted. This recipe comes highly recommended. Great for vegetarians as well, and Celiacs, because of the quinoa.

Asparagus Detox Salad

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa

Salt

1 bunch asparagus spears

1 1/2 cups beets

2 cups baby spinach leaves

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 clove garlic

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

3 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp honey

3/4 tsp sea salt

Ground pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

To start, roast up the beet. I couldn’t find golden beets, as the recipe originally required, so I went with an ordinary beet. If you can find golden beets, then good for you. Once the beet is roasted and cooled, remove the skin and dice into small chunks.

Roasted beets "bleed" their pink juice all over the place, so make sure you have something to clean up after them as soon as possible.

Roasted beets “bleed” their pink juice all over the place, so make sure you have something to clean up after them as soon as possible.

Next, make up the quinoa according to the package directions; set aside.

For the vinaigrette, put all ingredients from the red onion to the ground pepper into a food processor. Mix together. Slowly add the olive oil to the mixture until it is creamy.

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Next, remove the woody ends from the asparagus and blanch by putting into boiling water for two minutes, then removing them immediately into an ice bath. This will keep the vibrant green colour.

To build the salad, place the spinach leaves in the bowl and pour half of the vinaigrette over this. Toss, then add the quinoa, beets and asparagus. Coat with the rest of the vinaigrette and serve. And feel healthy.

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