2017 Week 31 Mason Jar Salad



1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Quinoa Salad 

4 cups chicken stock

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

2 cups quinoa

16 spears asparagus, trimmed

Olive oil, for brushing

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup pitted nicoise olives

4 ounces aged goat cheese, shaved

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves


  1. For the vinaigrette: Combine the vinegar, honey and mustard in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  2. For the quinoa salad: Bring the salted water or vegetable stock to a boil and add the thyme. Stir in the quinoa, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  3. Preheat the grill. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on all sides until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, fold in the asparagus, olives, goat cheese, basil and parsley. Add just enough vinaigrette to moisten the salad; don’t make it too wet. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with more of the vinaigrette.

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