Sweet and Simple Springtime Quinoa Salad

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Last night I put some quinoa on to cook in my rice cooker, with the intention of making a quinoa bowl for dinner.  But my partner came in and was quite clear that he wanted something else.  It’s not very often that my partner has opinions about what we should eat for dinner, but it was the first time in more than a week that I was cooking and in my absence he had been eating a lot of rice bowls and didn’t want another incarnation of that.  So we had burgers instead and I saved the quinoa for this delicious quinoa salad. 

Oh and seriously people, the best way to make quinoa is in a rice cooker. It’s incredibly quick and easy and you don’t have to worry about burning the bottom or stirring. 

This salad is inspired by one of my favorite salads from Bombay Sandwich Co., with my own twist. It’s light, a little bit sweet, lemony, and incredibly filling.  The almonds add a nice crunch. It feels and tastes like spring! And if you have your quinoa already cooked, you can pull it together in less than 10 minutes. So what’s not to love about that?

And my partner gave it two big thumbs up. He even thanked me for making it!

Sweet and Simple Springtime Quinoa Salad
Serves 2
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/3 cups cooked quinoa, chilled
  2. 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  3. 1 3/4 cups or 1 15oz can of cooked chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
  4. 2 dates, chopped into small pieces
  5. 2 campari tomatoes, chopped
  6. 2 tbsps slivered blanched almonds
  7. 1 1/2 tbsps lemon juice
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. Tiny pinch of ground cardamom
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large salad bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Dish into two bowls and enjoy!
Notes
  1. When I say a tiny pinch of cardamom, that's exactly what I mean. The strong taste can overwhelm if there is too much, and you just want a subtle hint of this lemony spice in the salad.
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I served the salad with a bit of puffed tofu, which you can normally find in Asian supermarkets, and garnished it with some sprouts.  

Light, sweet, lemony & filling

Light, sweet, lemony & filling

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