Rich in protein, quinoa is a great base for vegetarian sides or cold salads. In the recipe below, it's combined with cherry tomatoes and just-blanched asparagus for a rich, hearty salad that's even better the next day. Feta cheese adds a touch of tang to kick it up a notch.
The shallot-balsamic dressing for this salad adds tons of essential flavor, and it's great on other salads too. Make a big batch of it in the blender, and keep it in the fridge in a glass jar to drizzle over lettuce or charcuterie. It even makes a fantastic marinade for tofu.