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Mizuna Greens and Quinoa Salad

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Texture and flavor abound in this fresh salad. Don’t worry if you can’t find mizuna greens, kale would be a fabulous substitute.

close up of bowl of salad with quinoa, greens, chickpeas and feta cheese.

This Mediterranean style salad is loaded with the good stuff.  The hearty greens make it a perfect make ahead recipe.

The quinoa and chickpeas add great protein and interest. A bit of feta adds that salty zing and the simple dressing brings it all together.

Our CSA does a great job of introducing us to new kinds of produce. The variety of greens is always fun.

Luckily they always give recipe ideas for the ones that might be unfamiliar.  A quinoa salad was suggested for the mizuna greens.

I love a good grain salad.  We have been enjoying caprese quinoa salad for several years and it’s one of my favorite ways to use cherry tomatoes.

When they suggested a quinoa salad for these feathery greens, I was instantly in. I didn’t have all of the other ingredients on hand, so I adapted it to mimic the flavors of my lemony kale salad.

A Little About Mizuna Greens

Mizuna greens are flavorful and sturdy, making them perfect for a salad like this.  The are a little spicy like a mix between mustard greens and oregano.

They have a mild peppery taste and a great feathery appearance. Adding a handful add both visual interest and flavor.

Mizuna greens do not wilt easily after contact with salad dressing. If anything, like kale, it is even better with a little time to marinade.

So this salad is a great make ahead dish. I made it several hours before dinner and it was amazing.

Quinoa and mizuna green salad served with grilled meat and veggie kabobs.

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

The leftovers made an amazing lunch throughout the week. Even after several days I was absolutely looking forward to lunch so I could have some.

This would make a great picnic or potluck dish for that same reason. It’s always nice to have a healthy and carefree option for those occasions.

If you can’t find mizuna greens,  use another sturdy green.  Shredded kale would be a great alternative.

You could also try arugula or watercress. There are a lot of great options but do try the mizuna if you can find it.

large serving bowl filled with quinoa, feta and fresh greens salad, ready to be served.

More Great Salad Recipes:

For another great make ahead side dish, try making broccoli slaw. This version has bacon, craisins and more for a tasty and crunchy salad.

If you love quinoa, caprese quinoa salad is another great option. The balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, cheese and basil make for such a classic combination.

Or check out my full collection of salad recipes. There is sure to be something there that will catch your eye.

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

close up of bowl of salad with quinoa, greens, chickpeas and feta cheese.

Mizuna Greens and Quinoa Salad

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
Texture and flavor abound in this fresh salad. Don't worry if you can't find mizuna greens, kale would be a fabulous substitute.
4.89 from 9 ratings
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 4-5 cups mizuna greens lightly packed
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook the quinoa according to the package directions and allow to cool.
    2 cups dry quinoa
  • Wash and dry the greens. Then roughly chop them into bite sized pieces.
    4-5 cups mizuna greens
  • Rinse and drain the can of chickpeas.
    15 ounce can chickpeas
  • Add the cooled quinoa, greens, chickpeas and feta into a large bowl.
    4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and a healthy pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
    1/4 cup olive oil, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 13gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 213mgFiber: 13gSugar: 2g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I need to try this. I haven't made anything with quinoa in so long, and I enjoy it so much I know I would love this recipe.

Carlee

Monday 14th of September 2020

I hope you give it a go! If you don't have mizuna greens, any hearty green would work. I love the texture of quinoa in salads!