Vegan quinoa salad with asparagus and toasted nuts recipe

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This vegan quinoa salad with asparagus and toasted nuts is a healthy and hearty spring salad that contains no animal products but is packed with flavour.

Vegan quinoa salad with asparagus and toasted nuts
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  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories691 Kcal35%
Fat48 g69%
Saturated Fat7.5 g38%
Carbohydrates43 g17%

Our vegan quinoa salad with asparagus and toasted nuts is a perfect filling salad for a midweek meal. Using sachets of pre-cooked quinoa makes this vegan quinoa salad even easier to make.

This simple salad combines high-protein quinoa with fresh asparagus, rich toasted nuts, and a flavour-packed dressing to make it that bit more special. Quinoa is a wheat-free alternative to other starchy grains, making this salad gluten-free as well as vegan! This vegan quinoa salad contains no animal products at all but is so filling and tasty. Using fresh herbs is a great way to add flavour to vegan dishes, and toasted nuts add extra protein. This salad is the perfect dish to serve for vegan friends and family, but everyone else will love it too. This summer salad will keep well, so leftovers will make a delicious packed lunch the next day! For a healthy but hearty salad to enjoy on summer evenings, try making this quick and easy vegan quinoa salad with asparagus and toasted nuts.


For the dressing

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • 125ml olive oil
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch basil, torn
  • 1 bunch mint, chopped

For the salad

  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 2 x 250g packets Merchant gourmet cooked quinoa
  • 100g mixed cashew nuts and macadamias, toasted
  • 400g asparagus tips, blanched
  • 2tbsp sunflower seeds




  1. To make the dressing, combine the chopped shallots, chilli, sesame oil, olive oil, lemon, and herbs in a small bowl.  Then, in a large bowl, toss together the spinach leaves, quinoa mix, toasted nuts and asparagus. 
  2. Stir the dressing through the quinoa mixture, pour into a serving dish, then top with sunflower seeds and serve. 

Cook your asparagus to perfection with our how to cook asparagus guide

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