I liked the quinoa salad I made last week so much that I decided to make a different variation of it this week. The first couple of steps are the same but I was smart this time and bought already sprouted quinoa so I’ll omit the directions on how to sprout quinoa.
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 cup wakame seaweed, soaked for 20 minutes, strained and rinsed
1 cup grated carrots
3/4 cup thinly slices zucchini rounds
1 red bell pepper, seeded and stemmed, cut into medium sized chunks
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
FOR THE DRESSING:
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pot, then pour in the quinoa and lower the heat. Simmer covered for 12 to 15 minutes. Around 5 minutes into cooking, add the turmeric to the water. Once done cooking, turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes before emptying the quinoa into a bowl.
While the cooked quinoa is still warm, stir in the wakame, carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
To make the dressing, gently whisk all of the dressing ingredients until well incorporated. Stir enough dressing into the quinoa mixture to evenly coat everything, then serve.
I don’t think this one is as good as the one I made last week but it’s still quite tasty. These photos are shown without the sesame seeds cause I forgot to add them until the last minute. This is a great lunch salad and it’s veggie and super easy. Happy cooking!