I just got back from the last leg of my 3 week trip. I spent the last few days in San Francisco running a 200 mile relay race, pretending to learn about wine, and eating lots of vegan food. I loved SF way more than I thought I would, and now I kind of want to live there one day.
Hearty Veggie and Quinoa Salad Bowl
Recipe inspired by Starbucks. Makes about 4 salads
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1/2 cup pickled sliced beets
- 1 cup cubed butternut squash (1″ cubes)
- 1 cup garden peas
- 1 bunch of chopped kale
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- olive oil
These are all suggested amounts – use however much of each vegetable you like! Same goes for the lemon/tahini/soy ratio in the dressing below.
Lemon Tahini Dressing
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup lemon juice (juice form about 3 lemons)
- 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
- parsley (for garnish)
- Quinoa – Prepare quinoa according to packaged directions (Rinse*. Boil 2 cups of water, pour 1 cup dry quinoa in, and let simmer on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, let sit for 5 minutes, and fluff with a fork before serving.)
- Roasted Squash – Lightly coat cubed butternut squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven on 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Broccoli – Steam for 1 – 2 min and immediately rinse under cold water. This will give you crispy, slightly cooked broccoli that’s perfect for salad!
- Shredded cabbage, chopped kale, beets & peas – These are all good to go!
- Dressing – Whisk tahini, lemon juice, and soy sauce together.
- Assembly – Place a scoop of quinoa in the center of each plate, surround with various vegetables, and serve with a side of lemon-tahini dressing.
* I swear I’ve gotten an unusual amount of people calling/texting me lately with this same random question about whether or not you really need to rinse quinoa and how to do it. You really should wash quinoa because it has a resin called saponin on it that can alter the taste of the quinoa and even upset your stomach if your sensitive to it. I’m guilty of skipping this step a lot. But when you do wash it, use a fine mesh strainer and not the regular one for rinsing spaghetti, or else your quinoa will fall out the bottom. I thought this was common knowledge, but recent conversations on this topic tell me it’s not.