Beet, Orange, Arugula Salad with Quinoa

  • 8 medium beets, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 2 oranges, segmented, pith and membrane removed
  • 3 cups of arugula
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 3-4 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons crushed, toasted sliced almonds
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh green onion tops, finely minced
  • Olive oil
  • Champagne vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Edible flowers for decorating
*This salad exchanges the traditional couscous for quinoa, which is high in protein and denser, for a more satisfying bite.
**Look for precooked packaged beets in the produce section, or cook your own, by roasting them whole until easily pierced with a fork, then allow to cool and rub off the skins.
  1. Mix together the arugula, green onion, and quinoa with enough olive oil and champagne vinegar to moisten; season with salt and pepper. 
  2. To assemble the salad, place a layer of the quinoa salad mixture onto a large platter, then arrange beets and oranges over it; continue to layer and build the salad.
  3. Top with crumbled feta cheese and crumbled almonds.
  4. Decorate with edible flowers; serve immediately.

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