With shaved asparagus, brown rice and quinoa, this refreshing salad makes a lovely meal when you want to beat the summer heat.
For a refreshing and bright dish, this whole grain bowl is made with a base of Minute® Instant Rice & Quinoa, zesty asparagus and crunchy almonds all ready to enjoy in just 6 minutes.
Prepare rice and quinoa according to package directions. Let cool completely.
With vegetable peeler, shave asparagus lengthwise into paper-thin strips. Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and salt.
Arrange rice & quinoa on serving plate; top with asparagus mixture.
Garnish with almonds and lemon zest. Serve at room temperature or cold.
If preferred, use leftover chopped steamed, grilled or roasted asparagus for the salad.
Serve with grilled fish, chicken or steak.
Asparagus is wonderfully versatile and can be cooked in different ways, or not at all, like in this recipe! For a fun and new way to use vegetables like asparagus, why not try shaving them? It not only helps cut down on cook time but also offers you a bit more of its natural benefits and can be a little more appetizing for picky eaters at home.
You can shave your asparagus using a knife, vegetable peeler, or mandolin, whatever you have on hand. Try out shaved asparagus the next time you’re looking for a new addition to a quick and hearty salad — it adds crunch and color.
While this recipe is perfect for one, you can also double or triple the ingredients and turn it into a meal prep recipe! If you’ve never tried it before, make sure to take a look at our guide to meal prep to save time and energy in the kitchen.
With just a few ingredients, it’s simple enough to adapt for a slightly new meal every day! Batch cook your Rice & Quinoa ahead of time and shave enough asparagus for however meals you choose. You can also cook your veggies in new ways like oven roasting or sautéeing in a bit of oil to switch things up. You can switch up the flavors by topping your bowl with shredded rotisserie chicken for a delicious chicken and rice lunch.
The spring and summer heat calls for colorful, light and fresh meals. That means that it’s the perfect time to buy in-season produce, both fruits and vegetables like asparagus. They can be added to almost any kind of meal, but most importantly, make salads and bowls more fun!
Try it for yourself and find a bit of inspiration with these ideas for meals in a bowl using summer produce!