Spring Quinoa with Asparagus, Peas & Pickled Onion

This spring quinoa recipe is super fresh and satisfying! Packed with tender herbs and green veggies, it's a perfect light dinner or make-ahead lunch.

Spring quinoa with grated egg, asparagus, and pickled onions

This post is in partnership with Lundberg Family Farms.

When I want to make a simple, yet satisfying, dinner or lunch, quinoa is one of the first ingredients I turn to. I always have a bag of Lundberg’s organic quinoa on hand – it cooks quickly, it’s rich in nutrients like fiber and protein, and it’s super versatile, too. At this point, I’ve used it in smoky veggie burgers, hearty stews, and salads galore. All that, and I’m still finding new ways to use it!

This spring quinoa dish was one of my more recent experiments, and we liked it so much that I knew I had to share the recipe. I first made it one night when I had a bunch of asparagus and various fresh herbs in the fridge. I didn’t have an exact plan for how to use them, but I cooked a batch of my trusty quinoa and ended up with this. Topped with a creamy herbed dressing and poppy pickled onions, it’s exactly the sort of fresh fare I crave in the spring. But it’s also plenty hearty. There’s the quinoa, of course…and a fun, social media-inspired topping: grated hard-boiled egg!

If you’re skeptical, I get it. I was too! I watched people grate hard-boiled eggs on TikTok and Instagram for months before I finally tried it for myself. But I have to say, I’m into it! In this salad, I love how the delicate crumbles of egg mingle with the other ingredients without overwhelming them. They’re sort of like a sprinkle of feta cheese (which, by the way, would be great here too) – they add richness and a boost of protein, but they still let the spring produce shine. Trust me, it’s worth a try!

spring quinoa recipe ingredients

Spring Quinoa Recipe Ingredients

Want to go for it? Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Quinoa, of course! I’m a huge fun of Lundberg Family Farm’s Antique White Quinoa because I know it’s produced sustainably. It’s certified organic and non-GMO, but that’s just the start! Lundberg works to build soil health through practices like crop rotation on its farms. It also conserves water and maintains habitat for hundreds of species. Plus, in its on-site nursery, Lundberg studies, selects, and crosses seed to produce the best-tasting grains it can. How cool is that?

Blanched asparagus and peas, grated egg, creamy green goddess dressing, and quinoa in bowls

  • Fresh spring veggies – I use blanched asparagus and peas.
  • Fresh herbs – You’ll toss some into the salad and blend more into the dressing. Almost any soft herb works well here. Use a mix of parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon, mint, chives, and/or basil.
  • Lemon juice and zest – For bright, fresh flavor.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – For moisture and richness.
  • Pickled red onions – They add sweet, tangy flavor to this hearty quinoa salad.
  • The creamy green goddess dressing – It’s a simple blend of Greek yogurt, tahini, more lemon juice, garlic, and herbs.
  • A hard-boiled egg – For grating on top.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Herbs and yogurt in a food processor

While the quinoa cooks, blitz together the dressing in a food processor.

Creamy green goddess dressing in a food processor

So creamy!

Quinoa, herbs, spring veggies, pickled onions, and lemon zest in large bowl

Then, mix together the salad. Place the quinoa, spring veggies, pickled onions, and lemon zest in a large bowl, and toss to combine.

Hands tossing quinoa salad with wooden spoons

Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and toss again.

Finally, transfer the salad to a serving platter and top it with drizzles of the dressing, more fresh herbs, and the grated hard-boiled egg. Season to taste, and dig in!

Hand grating hard boiled egg over quinoa salad

Variations

I love this recipe as written, but, of course, you can feel free to change it up! Like most salads, it’s fairly adaptable. Here are a few variations that I think would be great:

  • Add feta cheese. Grated egg not your thing? Sprinkle feta on instead. Torn fresh mozzarella would be yummy here too.
  • Swap the dressing. My green tahini or avocado dressing would be a perfect sub for the creamy green goddess.
  • Toss in extra veggies. Tender lettuces, blanched snap peas, or shaved radishes would be delicious!
  • Throw in a handful of chickpeas. Roasted or regular!
  • Tri-Color Quinoa. Lundberg also carries a Tri-Color Quinoa blend (which is a blend of white, red and black quinoa). It’s slightly more savory and nutty than the Antique White, but would still work great in this salad!

Let me know what variations you try!

Quinoa with creamy dressing, herbs, grated hard boiled egg, and pickled onions

Serving Suggestions

This spring quinoa is a lovely light dinner or meal prep lunch. It keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you make it ahead, store the creamy green goddess dressing separately. The dish is best when you drizzle it on right before you eat.

Enjoy the quinoa on its own, or pair it with a side dish for a larger meal. I love to serve it with pita and hummus, labneh, or white bean dip or a veggie side dish like roasted carrots or steamed artichokes. Yum!

3/4 shot of spring quinoa on a platter

More Favorite Spring Recipes

If you love this spring quinoa, try one of these fresh spring recipes next:

Spring Quinoa with Asparagus, Peas & Pickled Onion

rate this recipe:
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This spring quinoa recipe is a lovely light dinner or meal prep lunch! If you make it ahead, store the creamy dressing separately. This dish is best when you drizzle the dressing on right before you eat.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup uncooked Lundberg Farms Organic Antique White Quinoa
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ cup pickled red onions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley and/or chives
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 hard boiled egg, grated
  • Mint and/or basil, for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Creamy green goddess dressing

  • ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill or tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa and combine it with the water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and set a bowl of ice water nearby. Chop the asparagus into small pieces and drop them into the boiling water for 1 minute. Drain, transfer to the ice water, and chill for 1 minute. Drain and pat dry.
  • Make the dressing: In a food processor, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, fresh herbs, and salt. Pulse to combine. The dressing should be creamy and spoon-able. If it’s too thick, add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water and pulse again.
  • In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, asparagus, peas, pickled onions, chopped herbs, and lemon zest and toss to combine. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and several grinds of pepper and toss again. Season to taste and transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with the creamy green goddess dressing, then top with the grated egg and fresh herbs.

This post is in partnership with Lundberg Family Farms.

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  1. Brooke
    07.21.2022

    Hi!! How many calories is this salad, and how come you do not post the calories for your recipes??? Thanks.

  2. Nicole
    06.05.2022

    5 stars
    This is so tasty and great for spring lunches! I will definitely make this again.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.06.2022

      Hi Nicole, I’m so glad you loved it!

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