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Vegan quinoa salad

Unbelievable vegan quinoa salad with protein
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Vegan salad
Keyword: beets, chickpeas, quinoa, salad, spinach
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa dry - to be cooked
  • 1 cup chickpeas cooked or canned and rinsed
  • 1 cup baby spinach can be swapped for kale or your favorite salad leaves
  • 1/2 cup chives fresh and diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 4 mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup green olives seedless and sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed (adjust to your liking)

Equipment

  • Medium sized pot
  • Colander
  • Salad bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Knives

Instructions

  • Take a sufficient sized pot and add the rinsed quinoa. Add double the amount of water to the amount of quinoa into the pot to prepare for cooking. Add some fine sea salt to give the quinoa some flavor while boiling. Ensure the pot has a lid on and allow the water to heat up
  • Once the water begins to boil, lower the flame to its lowest setting and let the quinoa gently simmer for about 10-12 mins depending on the size of your pot. Check the pot every now and again to see whether the water has been completely absorbed.
  • Once the water is fully absorbed switch off the flame and allow the quinoa to cool.
  • Vegan Agility Tip For faster cooling remove the quinoa from the hot pot and allow to cool in a ceramic dish.
  • Add all the prepared salad ingredients to the bowl
  • Once the quinoa has cooled add to it to the salad
  • Squeeze on the lemon, sprinkle on the salt and pepper.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar and olive oil and mix the salad till the ingredients are evenly spread.
  • Serve and enjoy with some vegan hummus or falafel.

Key nutrients

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1495IU | Vitamin B6: 1mg | Vitamin C: 23mg | Vitamin E: 3mg | Vitamin K: 116µg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg | Magnesium: 118mg | Zinc: 2mg

The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on your ingredients and tools.