Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vegan Quinoa Salad

L-Fab decided that I should make some sort of salad with chickpeas in it.  So I went a head and decided to make a vegan recipe this week.  I went with my old standby vegetarian grain, quinoa.  This is similar to a salad I made before but I went ahead and took out the cheese and added some other healthy stuff.

Vegan Quinoa Salad-
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth or water
2 roasted red peppers (I used the jarred kind)
cherry tomatoes (a handful)
1 medium sized cucumber
1 can chickpeas (or less, probably less)
1/2 of a medium sized red onion
4 teaspoon olive oil
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 of a lemon
4 teaspoons honey mustard (I used Maille, I love that stuff)
2 teaspoons minced garlic

1-Cook the quinoa according to directions in the broth or water.  (My quinoa said to use 2 parts liquid to 1 part quinoa and to put them both in the pan at the same time and bring up to a boil.  Then turn down to a simmer, cover, and wait for the liquid to evaporate which was about 15 minutes)
2-Chop up all the veggies (ie-quarter or halve the tomatoes, chop the cucumber, red pepper and onion into small pieces) while you are waiting for the quinoa to cook.
3-Mix the olive oil, vinegar, juice from the lemon, honey mustard and garlic to make a dressing.
4-Then mix your quinoa, veggies, chick peas, and dressing together.

I chilled mine for about an hour before serving.  The only change I would make would be less chick peas.  Apparently I do not like chick peas that much.  I mean some are ok but a whole can was too much for me.  As far as the dressing goes, I just mixed the ingredients until I liked how it tastes.  If you don't like it sweet you can use regular mustard or change the ingredients based on your taste preferences.

OK, so this has to be healthy, right?
Do you ever make vegan dishes?
Does cheese really make everything better or is some stuff ok without it?

OMG and who is super excited for the LIVE 30 Rock episode tonight and the return of Jan on The Office?  I am!


Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said... 30 rock..HOLLA!!!

Jan on the office..HOLLA!!

I've never tried quinoa before...looks not bad!

Salt said...

I would think it is pretty healthy, yes. It sounds good and I've never even had quinoa before!

I think some things are definitely okay without cheese. I eat far less cheese than the average person though.

Hutch said...

I remember your last quinoa was delish! I've made some adjustments, but I might have to try this one too (sans peppers).

I don't watch 30 rock regularly, I used to, but Thursday night got a bit crazy and it just doesn't fit into the schedule anymore so I catch up on Netflix instead. I'm curious to see how the two shows will differ (west coast to east coast) and I'm hoping they post them both online!

Jenni said...

Live 30 Rock? How did I not know about this? Can we still be friends?

Anonymous said...

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Jan singing to poor little Assie
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