Veggie packed Grilled Asparagus Tricolor Quinoa Salad (w/video)

Asparagus is a powerful green veggie full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also filled with vitamins A, C, E nad K, and has a very low glycemic index of 15, making it a great addition to diabetic diets. This recipe, courtesy of City of Hope Executive Chef Christian Eggerling, is both vegetarian and vegan, and is a great side dish or main meal for any season.


  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 ½ cups tricolor quinoa, rinsed, steamed, fluffed, chilled
  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed, cut reserve tips, cut stalk on the bias
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, washed, julienne
  • 1 vine ripened tomato, washed, julienne
  • 1 bunch spinach, fresh
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp basil, fresh, washed, julienne
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1/16 tsp black pepper, table grind


  • In a sauce pan, heat stock to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa, cover and reduce heat to a light simmer and allow quinoa to absorb the liquid. This should take approximately 15 minutes.
  • Place cooked quinoa in a bowl, fluff with a fork and reserve in the refrigerator.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss asparagus, 1 tbsp of olive oil and garlic and toss until asparagus is well coated, then season with salt and pepper. Place asparagus on a preheated grill and cook for approximately eight minutes, or until asparagus is lightly charred, but not overcooked.
  • Remove asparagus from the grill and let cool in the refrigerator.
  • Place all ingredients in mixing bowl with quinoa and combine thoroughly.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then serve.