Sun-Kissed Health Salad

Sun-Kissed Health Salad
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Source: Mr. Food Test Kitchen: Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Victoria Krog and Kelly Rusin.

Creamy, crunchy, tangy, and loaded with protein - this salad has it all! Blending avocado into the dressing makes it rich and creamy, and the addition of citrus can make it feel like summer any time of year. Quinoa, edamame, and pepitas add protein, making this a hearty salad that would be great along side a sandwich or soup for lunch!

Find this recipe and more in our cookbook Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. 

  • Prep time
    30 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 1/2 cups
  • Amount per serving Calories 190

  • Total Fat 12g
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 105mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 3g
  • Protein 7g
  • Potassium 490mg
  • Phosphorus 170mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Lean meat, 1 1/2 Fat, 1 1/2 Nonstarchy vegetable



  • olive oil
    2 tbsp
  • lemon juice
    2 tbsp
  • orange juice
    2 tbsp
  • avocado (divided use, pitted, peeled, and diced)
    1 whole
  • fresh parsley (stems removed)
    1/4 cup
  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • garlic
    1 clove
  • bibb or boston lettuce (cut into 1-inch pieces)
    1 head
  • grape or cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
    1 cup
  • quinoa (cooked according to package directions and cooled)
    1/2 cup
  • frozen shelled edamame (cooked according to package directions)
    1 cup
  • unsalted pepitas
    2 tbsp


  1. Make the citrus dressing: In a blender or food processor, blend olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, 1/4 of the avocado, parsley, salt, and garlic until smooth. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, tomato, quinoa, edamame, the rest of the avocado, and pepitas. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.