Quinoa Salad with Lemon Artichoke Pesto

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Artichoke Pesto | Kitchen Gidget

Last week I posted a recipe for fresh Lemon Artichoke Pesto and today I have a recipe featuring this tasty sauce. I absolutely love quinoa salads! There is something so unfussy about them for me, and they are more filling than just a bed of greens. This time I decided to take the Mediterranean route with feta and kalamata olives. The acidity of the pesto balances the rich saltiness of the cheese and olives perfectly. Lastly, I added slightly cooked asparagus for some crunch.

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Artichoke Pesto, olives, feta and asparagus | Kitchen Gidget

You could go a million different ways with whatever add-ins you choose. Next time I’m thinking of mixing the quinoa/pesto combo with lots of fresh spinach, parmesan and sweet tomatoes. If you have ideas for other ways to use the pesto, please share in the comments below!


Quinoa Salad with Lemon Artichoke Pesto


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 2/3 cup pre-cooked)
  • ¼ cup lemon artichoke pesto
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup cooked asparagus, chopped


Combine all ingredients to taste.

Yield: 2 servings

Lemon Artichoke Pesto

Lemon Artichoke Pesto | Bright, lemony pesto for pasta, sandwiches and more | Kitchen Gidget

A few weeks ago I was browsing a specialty grocery and sampled their Artichoke Lemon Pesto. It was divine, so I picked up a 6-ounce jar and promptly put it down when I saw the price tag. It was good, but not that good! The flavors stuck with me, however, so I decided to recreate that pesto at home for a fraction of the cost. {Dig in…}

Christmas Wreath Cookies (Mock Thin Mints)

Christmas Cookie Wreaths: mock Thin Mints made with crackers dipped in peppermint chocolate | Kitchen Gidget

I’m bringing you another family favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These are part of our Christmas Eve cookie cannon, along with other must-haves like Mexican Wedding Cakes and Pistachio Cookies. The cute little sprigs of holly add a decorative touch to any cookie platter. {Dig in…}

Chocolate Potica (Nut Roll)

Chocolate Potica (Nut Roll) | Kitchen Gidget

First day of December and it was mid-70’s and sunny! Maybe not very festive, but it definitely made me joyous! I’m excited for Christmas baking to commence! This will be my first Christmas in Virginia so it should be interesting. I’ll be with family, but I will miss baking cookies with everyone in the weeks leading up and miss eating dad’s special potica on Christmas morning. {Dig in…}

Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole | Kitchen Gidget

October 12 was my one year blogiversary! I cannot believe my little blog is one year old. It started by documenting 30 days of clean eating with awful pictures on Instagram while fun-employed. After depriving myself of sugar for a month, naturally I went on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookies ever. From there I started sharing favorite recipes, bought a real camera and began developing my own ideas. {Dig in…}

Calling All Cupcakes

Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes | Kitchen Gidget

This is a call for cupcakes! Specifically: chocolate and vanilla. I’m looking for the perfect “go-to” recipe for each flavor. If you have one you swear by, please share! Must be moist, flavorful, with a tight crumb–but not too heavy or dense! The chocolate cupcakes should have a deep flavor, somewhere in between milk chocolate and devil’s food. The recipes should be easy to make. I don’t really want to separate eggs and beat the whites, or have a million bowls to clean up, etc. {Dig in…}

Turkish Eggs (Cilbir)

Turkish Eggs: garlicky yogurt, chili butter and poached eggs | Kitchen Gidget

So the other night I was up watching TV (food shows, what else?) and I saw this dish featured at a New York restaurant. The drawback to watching food shows late at night is that I can’t run out to the grocery store right away for the ingredients. The upside to watching food shows late at night is that I can’t run out right away for the ingredients. {Dig in…}

Chicken Veggie Pitas

Chicken Veggie Pitas

I’m coming full circle with this one. This recipe has a backstory that’s near and dear to my heart. You can read about my first memorable cooking experience here, but besides this being the first recipe I can recall cooking on my own, it’s a terrific recipe that’s still going strong 20 years later! It’s so easy to throw together, even a child could do it. :-) {Dig in…}

Blueberry Peach Muffins

Blueberry Peach Muffins | Kitchen Gidget

Everyone is jumping on the pumpkin train already. I have to admit I was having cravings for something pumpkin + chocolate, but it’s still summer and I’m going to hang on to it for as long as I can! So for now: fresh fruit and I’ll cook with gourds later. {Dig in…}

Machaca (Tex-Mex Shredded Beef)

Machaca: TexMex Shredded Beef | Kitchen Gidget

This is part 2 of the Mexican food series I mentioned in this post in honor of my grandma and mom’s birthdays. This recipe is all Tex-Mex since Texas is where my mom was born. It’s a tender, flavorful shredded beef that’s easy to make in the slow-cooker. You can control the heat level by adding more or less chipotle pepper to your taste.

{Dig in…}