Protein Power Quinoa Salad
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Recipe type: Vegetarian Main Meal or Side
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 12
 
Protein Power Quinoa Salad; complete protein in a salad! Vegan and gluten free
Ingredients
Miso Dressing, Makes 1½ cups:
  • 1 cup of orange juice, or ¾ cup if a thicker dressing is desired
  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce/tamari
  • 3 tbsp yellow miso
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
Quinoa Salad:
  • 2 cups of quinoa (soaked for 4 hours, or overnight)
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup miso ginger dressing +1 tbsp if needed
  • 1 cup scallions
  • 2 cups or 1 can (rinsed) chick peas*
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 cup chopped fresh green beans
  • ⅓ cup freshly chopped basil
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • 1 cup of chopped greens (or more for a more "salad-like" consistency: beet, swiss chard, or spinach (if using kale, add when quinoa is still warm to help it soften)
  • *if you want a little extra color, add in some roasted beets or dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Make salad dressing: puree ingredients. You will have extra dressing. Set this aside for use as dressing.
  2. Make quinoa: rinse soaked quinoa. Place water and quinoa into a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until water has absorbed. Stirring a few times throughout, about 20 minutes.
  3. Add dressing and stir until absorbed.
  4. Add in scallions, chick peas, fresh green beans, parsley.
  5. Allow to cool until you stir in basil and fresh greens (unless using kale)
  6. Can be served right away and chilled.
Notes
Based on 12 servings, although this assumes a side serving. If eaten as main meal, adjust nutrition accordingly. 281 mg of potassium, 11% Vitamin A, 15% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, 11% iron
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/12 Calories: 178 Fat: 4.3 g Carbohydrates: 30 g Fiber: 5.4 g Protein: 7.6 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe by Garden Fresh Foodie at http://www.gardenfreshfoodie.com/side-dishes/protein-power-quinoa-salad/