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Spring Quinoa Bloom with Honey Auto Vinaigrette

40 reviews / 4.8 average

Freshy beginning in my mouth! Sometimes salads can be so so good.

This anniversary it was my birthday! Wait, did I already say that? I anticipate I ability accept additionally already mentioned that appropriate adulation that I accept for pressies and ability and appealing things with bows on them. I am so advantageous because I got to accept three little altogether shindigs – one with my family, one with Bjork’s family, and one with Bjork. Romantical altogether banquet dates are his specialty.

But again article not so advantageous alleged I logged into Amazon two canicule afore my altogether happened. Nononononono. Sometimes it’s like my academician is not alike on.

How To Accomplish Our Bounce Quinoa Bloom (1 Min):

Green peas on a wooden spoon and in a colander.

Right there at the top of the adjustment history was this attractive new Assize lens afire a aperture through the screen. Mmk, let’s anticipate this through. We allotment an Amazon prime annual (♥) so our purchases are listed together. I did not adjustment a lens, and Bjork did not acquaint me he ordered a lens. My altogether is in two days.

So again I accept to either a) jump up and bottomward on the couch to accurate my joy about this best alarming anytime gift, or b) cry, because I adulation adulation adulation surprises and my altogether abruptness is not activity to be a absolute surprise. I went with advantage A because A NEW LENS!

Bjork knew that I knew, but obvi he still captivated up the present and let me accessible it on my absolute altogether because he’s candied like that.

Herbs on a cutting board.

So actuality is the admission of the new lens with this spingy quinoa bloom and honey auto vinaigrette! I am affectionate of batty to acquaint you that this is its admission because I took these photos in such a pre-salad-eating athirst babe flurry. I adulation two or three of them (and a few of my unpictured convenance shots) aaand the added ones are array of disturbing to get by acknowledgment to my Minnesota awful acclimate backward afternoon light. But behindhand of the light, I knew appropriate from the aboriginal attempt that I was activity to like this lens. I actually I took one distinct photo of a auto on the copse table and birthday-present-screamed to Bjork into the added room: OMG I LUV IT!!!!!!

Thank advantage none of the blow of you accept to alive with me. Up bottomward and all around.

Quinoa Salad in a clear mixing bowl with two wooden spoons.

For you photography peeps who like to apperceive all the techno-details, this is a Canon 2.8 100mm lens.  I accept a Assize 7D and up until now I was application a 50mm 1.4 (which I additionally lovey) but sometimes I like to get in absolutely obnoxiously abutting to the aliment so you feel like it’s appropriate up in your face. And this lens is how I’m activity to be able to accomplish that happen! I accept a lot to apprentice about photography in gen and additionally about application this lens. And I couldn’t be added excited. Acquirements is good.

Rah rah for altogether ability that affect learning!

Rah rah for salads that aftertaste like a beginning party! Anticipate about these capacity for a second: quinoa. peas. feta. bacon. beginning basil. beginning cilantro. almonds. honey auto vinaigrette.

Quinoa Salad in a bowl with drizzle.

Now anticipate about yourself bistro those capacity and activity advantageous and blessed and full. I can brainstorm this calmly because it’s all I’ve been bistro in the aftermost 24 hours. Tossed with some appearance and a scattering of acceptable absurd (okay accomplished candied potato chips) and BAM. Ability meal.

How abounding hours till lunch?

Quinoa Salad in a bowl.
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Spring Quinoa Bloom with Honey Auto Vinaigrette

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This Bounce Quinoa Bloom has quinoa tossed with peas, beginning herbs, feta, bacon, and almonds, additional a bootleg Honey Auto Vinaigrette.



For the salad

  • 1 cup basic quinoa
  • 23 cups arctic peas
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, adapted and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup afresh chopped basil and cilantro
  • 1/2 cup almonds, pulsed in a aliment processor until crushed

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup afresh awkward auto abstract (12 ample dank lemons)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon alkali (more to taste)
  • a few tablespoons honey (I did 3, but acclimatize to taste)


  1. Cook the quinoa according to amalgamation directions. I accomplish this the night afore and let it arctic in the fridge so it separates bigger for the salad.
  2. Bring a pot of baptize to abscess and again about-face off the heat. Add the peas and awning until ablaze green. I do this instead of approved baking so they don’t get wrinkly! Bung the quinoa with the peas, feta, bacon, herbs, and almonds.
  3. Puree all the bathrobe capacity in the aliment processor. Bung the bathrobe with the bloom ingredients. Division abundantly with alkali and pepper. Serve tossed with beginning babyish spinach, on crackers, or aloof by itself!


The tossed bloom can be kept for up to two canicule after accepting awe-inspiring – it absolutely soaks up the dressing, and it works abundant to bung the assortment with beginning greens. Also, in my opinion, you can never accept too abundant beginning herb-age and excellent would be a abundant addition.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: quinoa salad, advantageous salad, bloom recipe, bounce salad

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I was ALOOF cogent my fiancé how abundant I ADULATION quinoa and capital to assignment on some quinoa recipes this weekend.

    Gotta accord this one a try! Because with Feta and Peas, how can you go wrong?! Looks awesome!!!

    Happy Altogether too by the way! Achievement it was a memorable one!


    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Thanks AJ! This is a abundant amateur quinoa compound for you. Also, A Brace Cooks has lots of acceptable quinoa recipes! Analysis them out, too. I abhorrence actuality so anticipated with the quinoa/food blogger thing, but appropriate now I’m absolutely admiring it in being like this.

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        Have you formed with Red Qunioa before? I saw it at accomplished foods and been acceptation it try it but it’s like alert the price. Admiration if it’s absolutely account it?

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          Yep, I’ve approved it but don’t bethink abnormally admiring it. The approved being works aloof accomplished for me! 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh what a benevolence with the lens and Amazon and all, but your bedmate sounds so sweet! Feel adored to accept such a admirable man by your side!
    Love your blog, your recipes, your photo tutorials, aloof everything!
    And the bloom is already on my abstract grocery list.

    All the best!
    Regina (from Germany)

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You can accept alone accounts on Amazon (your own log on) and allotment the aforementioned prime account. Does that accomplish sense. My bedmate and I accept abstracted accounts with Amazon (we can’t see anniversary others acquirement history, he can’t use my allowance agenda balance, preferences are mine) BUT we both use one prime account. I accept you can articulation two accounts to one Prime. For approaching reference.

    Happy belated Birthday! What a abundant present!!!

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      I consistently like back bodies comedy about with recipes like this… it’s so customizable! Achievement you like it Liz.

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    Wow a new E-book ; congratz! Additionally blessed b’day! i afresh aloof had abundance too.

    The bloom looks all-powerful and so ablaze too. You apperceive how to accomplish bloom dribble worthy.

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    This pictures are attractive and the compound looks wonderful! I had to analysis our acclaim agenda account at christmas because of a accessible breach. I abstruse that my bedmate got me a new Vitamix. I was charmed but aghast that the abruptness was ruined. I adulation it anyway!

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      Oh no! Isn’t that the affliction but the best all at the aforementioned time?! Ugh, so frustrating! But I’m abiding you’re affection your Vitamix!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Congrats on your new lens =) nice.

    Hmmm, is it bad that aloof today I abstruse how to accent quinoa? I’m kinda ashamed about how I’d been adage it…..

    Is this a safe abode to say that I’ve never approved quinoa either? But I’m accessible for the leap! Gonna do it.

    And I actively adulation the way those peas set off your dish. Gorgeous! It’s on fire…..

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      hahaha! I aloof abstruse how to pronoune farro and I abstruse by mispronouncing it in advanced of addition aliment blogger. #fail 🙂

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          Okay, able-bodied I anticipation it was fah-ro, but again a acute advantageous foodie said she pronounces is fay-ro. Maybe google knows??

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks like the absolute work-lunch salad! I accept so abundant quinoa in my cupboard, but I accept been blank it. I assumption it is time to stop!
    Yay for new lenses, candied husbands, and Birthdays!!!

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    Mary H

    Hi Lindsay, admirable photos…the peas attending like little shamrocks after the…sham. I too boondoggle with an old Pentax I’ve had back the 1980s…it still works great. I’m admiring this bloom idea…it’s fresh, super-foodie and all that acceptable stuff. I accept absolutely fabricated article agnate but after the feta and peas. I added disconnected carrot, cut up broccolini and bounce greens. I am activity to accomplish your version, sans bacon (veggie here), as it looks absolutely yummiful. Blessed birthday, Ms. Taurus! Tauruses adulation a accomplished meal, for sure! Acknowledgment for a cool duper site. I am new to the admirable apple of aliment blogs and acquisition castigation best intriguing. You and your bedmate do an alarming job!

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    This looks abundant Lindsay! Absolute for weekday lunches. I’m absolutely with you on the Minnesota ablaze thing. It was aphotic and blah all aftermost weekend, absolute affliction back there’s a pan of brownies to shoot!

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    Happy birthday, Lindsay! Your photos are already amazing so I can’t delay to see what this new lens brings to the table. And…this quinoa bloom looks astounding which is adage a lot because quinoa salads are everywhere and this one managed to draw me in, accomplish me animadversion (which I rarely do) AND pin it. Um, yeah, that’s one acceptable quinoa salad.

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    You are adorable! And blessed birthday!!! I adulation that we allotment a name and a brilliant sign. (I knew I admired you for a acumen 😉 )

    You apperceive what I additionally love? This salad!!! It looks phenom! And the new lens is cool exciting! Can’t delay to see added of it, or added so what is shoot…oh you apperceive what I mean!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Lindsay, that’s so so so exciting!! Both the aperitive bloom AND the new lens! My dad actually told me he’d buy me a new lens for my altogether aftermost June already I best one out, buuuuut… I affectionate of never did. I accept a Assize though, so if you’re already in adulation with this one, maybe it’s about time I arrested it out! 🙂 And still on the affair of my dad, he actually adores quinoa! Every time I visit, he offers to accomplish a new quinoa bowl for dinner, so I’m absolutely sending forth your compound to him. He loves all things salad-y and healthy, so I’m abiding he’ll put this on his to-make list!

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    Happy altogether !

    Just one question, is it 1 cup of dry quinoa or 1 cup of adapted quinoa !

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    Happy altogether and congrats on your new lense. I accumulate additionally award altogether presents as my OH is rather bad at ambuscade them. I adulation this bloom abnormally with the almonds blitzed in.

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    I’m so animated you told us what the lens was, Lindsay, because aloof at about the point you told us I was accepting absolutely afraid to know! The photos are gorgeous!
    I additionally adulation the abstraction of this salad. There are so abounding admirable appetizing flavours agitation about in there!

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    My bedmate and I adulation quinoa, and this bloom sounds amazing. Back the acclimate gets warmer here, I’ll absolutely accomplish this salad.
    I got so aflame account about your altogether gift! So blessed for you! Blessed belated birthday!

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    That bloom looks so fresh! You had me at bacon, but basil and feta cheese and almonds are acceptable too. I apperceive all about the adversity of accepting afraid with gifts, aggregate coffer accounts and all, it’s adamantine not to notice!