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Recipe: Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad

Making Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad

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Making Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad

Introduction

As the wheel of the year turns towards the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, we find ourselves in a time of balance and renewal. Embracing the vibrant energy of this sacred Sabbat, we present a dish that celebrates the awakening of the earth and the promise of new beginnings: the Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad. Bursting with colors and flavors reminiscent of the season’s bounty, this refreshing salad is a harmonious blend of wholesome quinoa, crisp asparagus, tender sugar snap peas, and juicy cherry tomatoes, all brought together with a zesty lemon dressing. With each bite, savor the essence of springtime abundance and the revitalizing energy of the sun’s warmth. Join us in honoring the arrival of spring and embracing the blessings of growth, fertility, and renewal with this nourishing and delicious dish.

Spell for Ostara Blessings

As you prepare and enjoy this Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad, envision it as a symbol of the blessings and abundance that Ostara brings. Speak the following spell aloud or in your heart:

“With each bite, I welcome the blessings of Ostara,

As the earth awakens and life begins anew.

May this vibrant quinoa salad nourish body and soul,

Infused with the magic of the season’s gentle glow.

As I eat, I celebrate the return of light and growth,

And embrace the abundance that springs forth from the earth.”

May this Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad bring joy, abundance, and blessings to your Sabbat celebration. Blessed be!

Magical Properties

  • Quinoa: Symbolizes fertility, abundance, and new beginnings. Its tiny grains represent the seeds of potential and growth, making it a perfect choice for a dish to honor Ostara.
  • Asparagus: Associated with purification, cleansing, and renewal. Eating asparagus during Ostara can help cleanse the body and spirit, preparing us for the fresh start of spring.
  • Sugar Snap Peas: Represent sweetness, joy, and prosperity. Their crisp texture and vibrant green color evoke the energy of springtime abundance.
  • Fresh Herbs: such as parsley and mint bring vitality, freshness, and vitality to the dish. They are also associated with healing, purification, and renewal.
  • Lemon: Adds a burst of citrusy brightness, symbolizing clarity, and purification. Its zest and juice awaken the senses and uplift the spirit.
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Recipe – Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad

As the wheel of the year turns towards the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, we find ourselves in a time of balance and renewal. Embracing the vibrant energy of this sacred Sabbat, we present a dish that celebrates the awakening of the earth and the promise of new beginnings: the Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad. Bursting with colors and flavors reminiscent of the season’s bounty, this refreshing salad is a harmonious blend of wholesome quinoa, crisp asparagus, tender sugar snap peas, and juicy cherry tomatoes, all brought together with a zesty lemon dressing. With each bite, savor the essence of springtime abundance and the revitalizing energy of the sun’s warmth. Join us in honoring the arrival of spring and embracing the blessings of growth, fertility, and renewal with this nourishing and delicious dish.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Season: Ostara, Spring
Keyword: Recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Theo, Witch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 bunch asparagus trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese optional
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the Quinoa: In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth or water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Blanch the Vegetables: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Blanch the asparagus and sugar snap peas in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then immediately transfer them to the ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Prepare the Salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, blanched asparagus and sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, chopped parsley, and chopped mint leaves. Toss gently to combine.
  • Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Assemble the Salad: Pour the dressing over the quinoa and vegetable mixture. Toss until everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  • Add Optional Ingredients: If using, sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and toasted sliced almonds over the top of the salad.
  • Serve: Transfer the Spring Equinox Quinoa Salad to a serving platter or individual plates. Serve immediately as a flavorful and nourishing main dish to celebrate the vibrant energy of Ostara.

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