Sunday, January 5, 2014

Quinoa with a Kick!

My mom made this Quinoa Salad from The Kind Life (yes, Ms. Alicia Silverstone's website) for us for Easter last year. I can't even begin to describe how upset I was that we weren't getting ham and funeral potatoes. Even though my disappointment overrode my enthusiasm, I had to admit that it was quite a tasty dish.

Months later when my co-worker was having a bridal shower lunch at work, and I had made the full-switch to a plant based diet, I knew exactly what salad I was going to bring. This quinoa salad is fresh, it's bold, and even if you have meat-eaters in the vicinity, they'll love it! I had probably three or four co-workers ask me for the recipe.

It's easy, it's delicious, and goes great by itself OR with corn chips:) Ole!

(The picture on the recipe page isn't the right one, so for a visual, feast your eyes on this):
Check out this recipe on The Kind Life
The Kind Life

25 min cook | 4 servings | 20 min prep
Diet Categories:
  • Vegan


  • dry quinoa 0.5 cup
  • vegetable broth 2 cup
  • spinach 2 cup
  • cilantro 1 cup
  • onion 0.25 cup
  • garlic 2 tsp
  • chickpeas rinsed and drained 2 cup
  • cherry tomatoes cut in half 1 cup
  • avocados chopped 2 
  • lemon zested 1 
  • lemons juiced 2 
  • Dijon mustard 2 tsp
  • olive oil 2 tsp
  • agave nectar 1 tsp
  • cumin 0.5 tsp


  1. Start by making the quinoa: soak the quinoa in a pot in the vegetable broth for about 15 minutes. Turn the heat on to medium-high and let the quinoa come to a boil. Once it boils reduce the heat to medium-low and let the quinoa simmer. Stir every so often and cook quinoa about 20-25 minutes just until the liquid is absorbed – don’t let it dry out completely though; when there is just a tiny amount of liquid left in the pot remove it from the heat and cover. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile in a food processor put the spinach and cilantro. Process until the greens are finely diced. (You can do this by hand if you don’t have a food processor.) Put the greens in the serving bowl and set aside.
  3. As long as the food processor is out and dirtied use it to chop the onion and garlic then add to the greens mixture. Add the chickpeas to the serving bowl and mix well. When your quinoa has cooled add it to the bowl as well along with the tomatoes.
  4. Make the dressing by whisking all the remaining in

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