Quinoa and Vegetable Salad

Quinoa and Vegetable Salad
(serves 1, but can easily be scaled up as needed)

Ingredients

1/4 cup dry quinoa
1 clove garlic, grated
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 bell pepper, finely diced (or 1 large slice each of red, yellow, green)
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
1/2 lb broccoli florets, cut small
1 Thai birds eye chile, seeded and minced
5 or 6 mint leaves, minced

(optional: sriracha for serving)

Method

Put quinoa and 1/2 cup water in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer for 10 minutes, until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and add grated garlic, lime juice and salt. Set aside.

Add the bell pepper, onion, carrot, broccoli, chile and mint to a large serving bowl. Add the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.

Serve immediately with sriracha on top, if desired.

NOTES

Very simple recipe, but one that was so unexpectedly delicious, I wanted to save it here to make sure I could replicate it exactly in the future.

When I make quinoa salad, it’s almost always a variation of this one with tomatoes and corn and scallions and cumin and sometimes I add black beans… but tonight’s was a total departure from that, more Thai salad influenced, and it was reeeeally really good. Like, I could eat this every week for multiple lunches good. Which I will.

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3 thoughts on “Quinoa and Vegetable Salad

  1. Uh huh. You know how much I love the quinoa salad with the cumin-lime dressing…I don't remember it having beans in it? I went a stretch in the early summer months where I was making that all the time. No doubt I would enjoy this just as much.

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  2. The original does not have beans. But sometimes I'll throw together a quinoa salad with chicken and it's based on that one but I add beans. And nix all the oil, of course. πŸ˜‰

    But yes, I think you would love this. And hey, thank goodness for my julienne peeler for the carrots! AHEM. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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