Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing for #SundaySupper

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This quinoa salad might not look like much, but it’s deceptively flavorful! The simple combination of quinoa, blanched green beans, and grape tomatoes gets BIG flavor from a Tibetan herb dressing loaded with ginger, cilantro, garlic, and a hint of spice. Top it all off with a few slivered almonds and you have a lunch that you’ll look forward to all morning!

I’ve eaten this for lunch almost every day for the last two weeks and I’m still not tired of it. In fact, I’m completely head over heels in love with the dressing.

quinoa salad with herb dressing | Healthy. Delicious

The dressing is based on one that I had at this year’s Big Summer Potluck and I just. can’t. get. enough! I thought about it pretty much the entire 4 hour drive home, and made it myself very shortly after. It’s thick and pesto-like and incredibly pungent from tons of fresh ginger and garlic. It smells really strong when you first make it, but it mellows out a ton after a night in the fridge, so you don’t have to worry too much about having Godzilla breath if you eat this at your desk (although a mint afterward wouldn’t be the worst idea. Especially if you have afternoon meetings.)

quinoa salad with herb dressing | Healthy. Delicious

Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing
 
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I like to spend 15 minutes on Sunday night making a big batch of this quinoa salad to eat for lunch all week. I bring the extra dressing to work with me in a small mustard jar.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed very well
  • 1 cup French-style green beans, trimmed
  • ¼ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce (like sambal oelek or sriracha)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
Preparation
  1. Add the quinoa and 2 cups of water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook 10 minutes, or until done.
  2. Fill a second pot with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 30 seconds, or until bright green. Drain.
  3. Add the cilantro, ginger, garlic, and chili sauce to a food processor or blender. Process until it forms a thick, pesto-like puree. Stir in the lemon juice; thin with water.
  4. Combine the warm quinoa, beans, and tomatoes in a large dish. Stir in half the dressing. Let cool completely.
  5. Top with slivered almonds immediately before serving. Serve with additional dressing.

SundaySupper_thumb1This week the #SundaySupper group is switching things up and focusing on lunch! There’s lots of focus on back to school right now, but even as an adult I still try to pack a lunch whenever I can. When I know that I’m having a healthy lunch, the rest of my day seems to fall in place so easily.

Here are some great lunchbox ideas from the rest of the group!

Sandwiches, Wraps and Entrees:

Munchies, Salads and Sides:

Sweet Treats:

And remember that we have a #SundaySupper chat at 7 PM each on Sunday evening. We tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #SundaySupper, then we all gather to share ideas, recipes and answer questions from 7-8 PM ET. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? You can sign up here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Comments

  1. Oh, I love a quinoa salad and your Tibetan dressing sounds divine…love the bit of kick! I will be dreaming about this one, too!

  2. Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks says:

    I love quinoa as well. Yours looks so fresh and tasty and that dressing sounds great!

  3. Jennifer Drummond says:

    Yum! Great idea! I just love quinoa and this is such a great combo!

  4. This sounds so fresh and yummy. A great, simple lunch idea

  5. supperforasteal says:

    This dressing sounds like my kind of thing and I need to make it asap!

  6. This looks absolutely fantastic!

  7. I had that dressing at BSP also and am still thinking about it! I’m so glad you recreated it so that now I can make it nonstop. :)

  8. Cindys Recipes says:

    Wasn’t Big Summer Potluck, fun? There were some great grain salads there. Yours sounds good with the green beans.

  9. Renee Dobbs says:

    I just can’t get enough different dressing for salads and this is one I really need to make. Love the ingredients and can imagine how tasty they are all blended together.

  10. CookinCanuck says:

    That dressing sounds fantastic! I am always up for a new quinoa salad.

  11. I was intrigued from the moment I read your recipe title, Lauren. Tibetan dressing! It sounds pungent and delicious and exactly the sort of thing I’d like. Pinning on my recipes to try board!

  12. Shannon R says:

    The dressing sounds so very good. I love quinoa in salads.

  13. I always have to laugh when I see quinoa salads, they were constantly being used as the cooking demo project when I was in school

  14. Simple, easy and full of flavor. I love your salad!!

  15. The Ninja Baker says:

    Your salad is true to your blog title, Lauren. Garlic and ginger are like Astaire & Rogers. (Great dancers from 1930s B & W movies.) And quinoa is a perfect 10 on any nutritionist’s score card. Thank you for sharing the secrets of this scrumptious salad =)

  16. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere says:

    What a beautiful salad! I’ve never eaten quinoa as a salad, just warm. But I think we’ve got to try this. The dressing sounds great!

  17. Ooh, this dressing sounds awesome!

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