Black Quinoa, Red Lentil and Green Asparagus Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette | © 2016 |

Enjoy a delicious quinoa spring salad with lentil and asparagus. It's bursting with flavour thanks to pine nuts, walnut oil and raspberry vinegar. Good-quality vinegar and walnut oil make all the difference in this dressing. If you don't have black quinoa, regular white one will work just great.

SaladWalnut Oil Vinaigrette
  • 150 g Black quinoa, rinsed
  • 150 g Red lentils, rinsed
  • 400 g Green asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 50 g Pine nuts, roasted
  • Fennel fronds, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp Raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine 300 ml water and rinsed quinoa in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
  2. In another saucepan, fill in 450 ml water and bring to the boil. Add lentils, asparagus and return to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes until lentils are slightly softened and asparagus tender. Be careful not to cook too long, as you the lentils to be al dente and asparagus bright green. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, stirring with a whisk until well-blended.
  4. Place cooked quinoa, lentils, asparagus, fennel fronds and half of the roasted pine nuts in a bowl. Add in vinaigrette and toss until well combined. Transfer to a large serving plate and sprinkle the rest of pine nuts over. | © 2016 | | © 2016 |


tigerfish 12/5/16 05:48

I am amazed by your creative and healthy salad dressings. The salad must be full of depth and flavors.

Adina 12/5/16 06:29

I am so much into asparagus right now, I could eat it every day. This is a great combination, a new one for me as well, I hope I can find the black quinoa, I never had that.

Ivy 12/5/16 07:12

What an amazing dish! I'd love to try it!

Rosa 12/5/16 08:14

Mouthwatering! This spring salad is perfect.



Elin Chia 12/5/16 10:16

Angie, delicious looking this :) thanks for sharing the recipe

Tania | My Kitchen Stories 12/5/16 14:16

Oh my gosh this is beautiful Angie. walnut oil and raspberry vinegar such wonderful flavours

Monica 12/5/16 14:25

Love all the components of this - it's got to be delicious! I haven't yet paired lentils with quinoa...sounds so good!

Jean | 12/5/16 15:09

Angie, this is going to the top of my must-make list! Perfect spring salad!

Tricia Buice 12/5/16 15:32

A lovely salad and a simple vinaigrette that sounds wonderful! What a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Mother Rimmy 12/5/16 15:38

Hi Angie! I love this protein packed salad. Quinoa is fantastic when I want to have a meat-free meal and I love the fact that you combined them with lentils. Delicious!

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 12/5/16 18:04

This salad sounds fantastic! And definitely perfect for spring!!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 12/5/16 18:53

This is such a healthy and delicious salad, Angie!! I am loving your presentation in the shot glasses - SO fun!! And that Walnut Oil Vinaigrette sounds amazing! Can't wait to try this! Cheers, friend! :)

Hema 12/5/16 18:59

Healthy, delicious and such a beautiful salad, looks so tempting..

grace 12/5/16 19:33

i'm pretty sure i'd make a huge mess eating this out of those narrow glasses, but that's okay--i'd still do it and enjoy every bite! :)

Cheri Savory Spoon 12/5/16 20:57

Hi Angie, this is one of your best yet, I love everything about this and your presentation is amazing.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen 12/5/16 23:05

I'm loving the looks of your salad!

Shashi at SavorySpin 13/5/16 00:00

Mmm - am loving the combo of quinoa, lentils, asparagus, Pine nuts and Fennel fronds. Lovely salad Angie!

Nancy Chan 13/5/16 00:38

You are very creative. Would love to try this asparagus salad.

Cathleen 13/5/16 04:23

I have had black quinoa in my cupboard for a while now, and have been wondering what to do with it. This is the perfect solution!

Kiran @ 13/5/16 04:48

Beautiful salad, Angie!! Love the walnut vinaigrette!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 13/5/16 13:26

Quinoa AND lentils??? This salad sounds FABULOUS, Angie!!!

Veronica 13/5/16 14:06

Shall I call you Salad Queen? Whenever I think of a healthy salad you immediately come to my mind. What a bowl of delicious and healthy salad. I've never tried walnut oil before, taste like walnut?

Sarah | Well and Full 13/5/16 20:47

I love the combination of flavors and textures you have going on in this salad. It looks absolutely delicious! :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 13/5/16 20:50

The walnut oil in the dressing sounds perfect for this salad, Angie! Lentils are a favorite of mine too. Delicious recipe!

Pam 13/5/16 21:34

YUM! It looks and sounds amazing.

Alida 14/5/16 01:23

I love the way you have presented this salad Angie. My mouth is watering. I love the look of black quinoa (I always have some in the cupboard)with the asparagus.Healhty and delicious.

Unknown 14/5/16 06:06

This would be so great for parties and events. So so pretty and love the combo my friend.
Have a great weekend.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 14/5/16 15:59

I love the sound of that dressing, so fresh and fruity!

Barbara 14/5/16 16:45

That is such a pretty presentation, Angie. Love your vinaigrette!

Unknown 14/5/16 19:08

so healthy and flavorful! love it Angie!

Marcelle 14/5/16 20:04

Angie, I wrote down these ingredients for next time I'm at the store! Looks so good, can't wait to try it. :)

Karen (Back Road Journal) 14/5/16 21:56

I'm going ask my market about the black quinoa…it certainly makes a nice contrast to the other ingredients in your salad.

Unknown 15/5/16 00:27

This salad sounds absolutely delicious! With 2 tablespoons of raspberry vinegar, yummy!!!

Karen Luvswesavory 15/5/16 15:42

Hi Angie,
Thanks for sharing this lovely and healthy salad ^-^!

Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons 15/5/16 19:37

Such a gorgeous salad, Angie! What a beautiful combination of earthy flavors! : )

mjskit 16/5/16 01:39

What a cool way to serve a salad - in a glass! I love it almost as much as I love this simple salad. Roasted pinon are standard for many of my favorite salads and love the simple dressing. Walnut oil...have never used that in a salad dressing. Sounds fabulous!

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes 16/5/16 02:06

We're about to be rolling in asparagus here in Vermont, so this recipe sounds perfect. I am a huge fan of nut oils too, walnut included, so this will be a must try recipe soon!

Evelyne CulturEatz 16/5/16 02:30

I don't even know where to start, there are so many wonderful things going on in the salad. Combining lentils and quinoa too is like a super superfood salad. Love the verrine presentation!

faithy 16/5/16 08:43

Looks delicious and healthy!

Nammi 16/5/16 14:27

oh wow!!! love the gorgeous colour contrast!! I am in serious need of salad dressing lessons. :P. hope you have a good week!!

Amy (Savory Moments) 16/5/16 15:18

Sounds delicious and the presentation is amazing!

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes 16/5/16 17:35

I love the presentation of this salad Angie!! So beautiful, and I LOVE the black quinoa!!

Rahul @ 16/5/16 20:44

Angie, this quinoa lentil salad sounds so good and super health packed meal. I love the combination of lentils, fennel, pine nuts and walnut oil vinaigrette make this especially appealing and the shot glass presentation is amazing.

Susan 16/5/16 23:11

I'm kind of hooked on Quinoa now and have found some really good "veggie" burgers with it in them. This salad is on my list to try. You help me to be healthy with your inspiring recipes! XOXO

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 17/5/16 03:03

What a beautiful dish! I just can't seem to get enough asparagus right now, and need to try this :)

Balvinder 17/5/16 05:41

Yum! Great idea! I love quinoa and it’s been a while since I made it. I have to give this recipe a go!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 17/5/16 06:20

I love walnut oil and often forget to use it! This looks like a perfect way and a delicious salad! I am so happy that salad season is upon us!

All That I'm Eating 17/5/16 11:58

What a great way to use quinoa and lentils; I bet this is really filling and I'd love to have some for lunch!

Katerina 17/5/16 13:15

I love salads especially during summer! This is a perfect light meal!

Sue/the view from great island 17/5/16 17:44

As always I love all the details about this recipe, but the walnut raspberry vinegar sounds unbelievable...I love the little cup servings, too!

Unknown 17/5/16 19:42

These are absolutely delicious! One of my friends is from Peru and she brings quinoa to us every time she visits. Absolutely great idea! Delicious!

Harriet Emily 17/5/16 22:52

This salad is so beautiful Angie! So perfect for springtime. I love quinoa!

Christine Ho 18/5/16 01:57

Quinoa becomes my favourite food since I tried it the first time. Your dish is very inspiring to make a healthy treat. Good idea, Angie.

Gloria Baker 18/5/16 06:10

Look soooo beautiful Angie ; other lovely recipe :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy 18/5/16 13:13

What a beautiful dish! I ate a lot of quinoa on our trip top Greece the past couple of weeks and I can't wait to start cooking with it more now that I am home.

lisa is cooking 18/5/16 23:45

I've been out of walnut oil for awhile, and I miss it. It sounds great in this vinaigrette!

The Hungary Buddha 18/5/16 23:48

Well, this is just the prettiest!

Susan 19/5/16 10:55

WoW! Look beautiful, I must tried it the first time.

Mary Frances 19/5/16 19:02

This looks so healthy, delicious and easy to make!! I absolutely love it.

Muna Kenny 21/5/16 14:24

Angie, your blog is my #1 source for bread and salad recipes :), what an amazing looking salad!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 21/5/16 14:45

oh my goodness, Angie, what a great salad and clever way to pack and present it! All those rich colors and healthy ingredients! Can you come over and cook for my family someday?

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 22/5/16 02:53

I love how deliciously healthy this salad looks and sounds! I need to find some walnut oil soon!

Debra Eliotseats 23/5/16 14:29

I've not used black quinoa. I'm assuming the taste is the same. This salad is an entire meal!

Kelly 23/5/16 17:12

This looks SO fresh and delicious! Asparagus is one of my favorite spring veggies and it sounds perfect with the lentils and quinoa!

Evi @ greenevi 23/5/16 19:07

Wow, Angie, this salad and these pictures are absolutely stunning! Definitely going to make this in the next days :)

Sara Silva 28/5/16 11:59

Sounds perfect for the warm days. I definitely have to try it!

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Catherine 1/6/16 19:43

Dear Angie, This salad looks delicious and healthy and I love the presentation. xo


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