quinoa salad with herb dressing | Healthy. Delicious

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

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Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing

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.

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed very well
  • 1 cup French-style green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 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


  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!

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