24 March 2012

kickstart quinoa salad

quick post for a quick lunch i threw together yesterday.  i still have one ripe mango left on the windowsill and i was tempted to just make a big quinoa salad with exactly the same fixin's as i used for these spring rolls but the wilting basil in the fridge got the better of me.  lucky for you, lunch worked out just fine.

sorry to not offer you more in terms of measurements here, but it's a salad.  you'll figure it out.  i have faith in you. 

kickstart quiona salad
serves 2 for a meal or 4 as a side
1/2 cup dry quinoa
grape tomatoes, halved
cucumber, seeded & diced
edamame, blanched
basil, chopped
green onion, minced
fresh lime juice
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
sea salt

cook the quinoa according to package directions and let it cool to room temperature.  fold in the tomatoes, cucumber, edamame, basil & green onion.  season to taste with a bit of olive oil, a big squeeze of fresh lime {i used half a lime} and a little sea salt. 

this is also a great salad to make ahead and keep in the fridge for an even quicker grab & go bite! 

so vibrant, fresh & amazing!

now aside from being a totally delicious protein-rich lunch, this dish also provides a good punch of iron from the quinoa {2.8 mg per 1 cup serving} and the edamame {1.75 mg per 1/2 cup serving}.  but not only that - it also offers you vitamin c from the tomatoes & the lime juice, which if you didn't know is actually really important for assimilating plant-based iron.  one green planet actually just published this post this week all about it - a great read for us all whether it's new-to-you information or just as a refresher.

happy weekend y'all.  xo.


  1. Beautiful! Almost like a high protein tabbouleh with a Latin twist, I like it!

  2. The meal sounds and looks delightful on its own, but I get the feeling that those pretty little bowls truly make the meal! ;) Thanks for sharing this quickie gem. Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Perfection, I love this! I've been considering trying to sprout some quinoa lately, I might try a version of this with the sprouts.

    1. you know i've still been slacking on trying to sprout my own grains - would love to hear how this turns out for you!

  4. So many of my favorite things here! My mom has been hinting that she'd eat more quinoa if I made it, so I've been trying to think up new ways to cook it; the more vegan family meals, the better. Keeping it simple is very good advice!

    1. good luck with the vegan family meals hannah!

  5. Perfect for the hot weather we have been having.

  6. I love the infinite possibilities of quinoa salad - and this one looks great!!