Learn how to make Asparagus-Quinoa Salad, one of Rita's recipes for Diabetes Alert Day.

Asparagus-Quinoa Salad


  • 1 bunch asparagus, 2-inches trimmed from the end of each spear
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup tri-color quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 oz. crumbled low-fat goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place asparagus spears in single layer on baking pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool slightly and then cut into ½ -inch slices. Set aside.
  3. In medium saucepan add quinoa and water. Bring water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Once quinoa is done, fluff with a fork.
  4. Place quinoa to serving bowl along with asparagus pieces, pecans, goat cheese, red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder and salt to season. Toss to combine.