Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • Mixed Greens: 4 cups (e.g., arugula, spinach, kale)
  • Quinoa: 1 cup, cooked and cooled
  • Cherry Tomatoes: 1 cup, halved
  • Cucumber: 1, sliced
  • Avocado: 1, sliced
  • Red Onion: 1/4 cup, thinly sliced
  • Feta Cheese: 1/2 cup, crumbled
  • Nuts or Seeds: 1/4 cup (e.g., almonds, sunflower seeds)
  • Fresh Herbs: 2 tablespoons, chopped (e.g., parsley, mint)

For the Bee Pollen Citrus Vinaigrette:

  • Bee Pollen: 2 teaspoons
  • Olive Oil: 1/4 cup
  • Fresh Orange Juice: 3 tablespoons
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Dijon Mustard: 1 teaspoon
  • Honey: 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic: 1 clove, minced
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon

 

Instructions:

Prepare the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl or jar, combine the olive oil, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Mix or shake well until fully combined. Add the bee pollen to the vinaigrette and stir gently. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, cooked quinoa, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, avocado, and red onion. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and nuts or seeds over the top. Add the chopped fresh herbs for an extra burst of flavor.

Dress the Salad: Pour the bee pollen citrus vinaigrette over the salad just before serving. Toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly with the dressing.

Serve: Serve immediately. For an added touch, sprinkle a small amount of bee pollen over the top of the salad as a garnish.

 

Serving Suggestions:

  • Main Dish: Enjoy this salad as a light, nutritious main dish.
  • Side Dish: Pair with grilled chicken or fish for a complete meal.
  • Bread: Serve with crusty bread or pita for added texture and flavor.

 

Tips:

  • Bee Pollen: If you are new to bee pollen, start with a small amount to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
  • Make Ahead: You can prepare the quinoa and chop the vegetables in advance to save time.
  • Storage: If not serving immediately, keep the salad ingredients and dressing separate and mix just before serving to keep the greens fresh.

 

Enjoy the unique crunch and health benefits that bee pollen brings to this vibrant power salad with citrus vinaigrette!

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