Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

This Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette will satisfy your cravings for something fresh, bright and new. // Homegrown Provisions #veganrecipe #glutenfree #quinoasalad #Meyerlemon
The weather lately has been unusually warm and sunny and dry. We’ve been finishing up the annual lavender pruning on our farm, and it always makes me long for the purple hazy lazy days to come. Recently, a lady walked past me at our local hardware store. She was holding a flat of primroses and pansies. I smiled at her, and she shrugged and said almost apologetically, “You just gotta believe spring is on the way.” If you’re feeling like this, maybe this Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette will satisfy your cravings for something fresh, bright and new.

This Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette will satisfy your cravings for something fresh, bright and new. // Homegrown Provisions #veganrecipe #glutenfree #quinoasalad #Meyerlemon

Less piquant than regular lemons, Meyer lemons’ flavor, often described as a lemon-orange hybrid, adds beautiful color to this salad’s vinaigrette.

This Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette will satisfy your cravings for something fresh, bright and new. // Homegrown Provisions #veganrecipe #glutenfree #quinoasalad #Meyerlemon

Quinoa’s mild, nutty flavor pairs beautifully with crunchy veggies, roasted chickpeas and a creamy Meyer lemon vinaigrette.

This Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette takes well to variations, so use this recipe as a guide and change things up as you wish!

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This Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette will satisfy your cravings for something fresh, bright and new. // Homegrown Provisions #veganrecipe #glutenfree #quinoasalad #Meyerlemon

Quinoa Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Shannon
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 as part of a multi-dish meal (or 4 larger portions) 1x

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Ingredients

Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup radicchio, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 English (Hot House) cucumber, seeded and diced (peeled if desired)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, julienned
  • 1/4 to 1/2 medium golden beet, peeled, julienned (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 medium watermelon radish, julienned (about 1/4 cup)*
  • 4 oz. sugar snap peas, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • roasted chickpeas (see below)

Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

  • 1, 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry with a kitchen or paper towel
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Meyer lemon peel (optional)
  • 12 tbsp vegan Dijon mustard (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Toppings (Optional)

  • Microgreens and chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the chickpeas to the baking sheet and evenly coat them with the extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.
  3. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 25 minutes; stir the chickpeas (or shake the pan) around halfway through. Remove the chickpeas from the oven, and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  4. While the chickpeas are roasting, prepare the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve or strainer under cold water for a minute or until the water runs clear. (If your quinoa is pre-washed or based on preference, you may wish to skip this step.)
  5. Cook the quinoa according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (Typically: bring 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, or until the water has evaporated. Allow the quinoa to sit for 5-15 minutes; fluff with a fork and voila! Your quinoa is ready.)**
  6. Make the Meyer lemon vinaigrette. In a blender or food processor with an S blade, combine Dijon mustard, brown rice syrup, Meyer lemon juice, Meyer lemon peel, and salt. Whirl away for a few seconds until smooth. Then stream or add in the olive oil, a bit at a time, until the vinaigrette fully emulsifies. Adjust seasoning(s) or sweetness level as you wish.
  7. Add the quinoa (it’s okay if it’s a bit warm, but not too hot), snap peas, cucumber, radicchio, carrots, beets, radish and roasted chickpeas to a large bowl. Toss with half (1/2) of the Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
  8. Top the quinoa salad with microgreens and pistachios as desired. Serve the salad with the remaining vinaigrette on the side for people to drizzle more atop as they wish.***


Notes

*If you have trouble finding watermelon radish, any traditional red radish will do. 

**You may wish to cover your quinoa with a clean kitchen towel and a saucepan lid while it sits (prior to fluffing). This cooling method tends to absorb superfluous moisture, allowing quinoa’s natural fluffiness to shine through.

*** This salad tastes delicious fresh but may be kept covered in the fridge for 3-4 days and enjoyed as leftovers.

February 11, 2019

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2 Comments

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    Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life

    January 31, 2019

    Oh, does this look delicious! I’ve been purchasing Meyer lemons every week now that they are in season . Love the sweetness and freshness they lend to dishes!

    • Reply

      Shannon

      February 4, 2019

      Thank you and I couldn’t agree more! Everything about Meyer lemons is just so lovely. I really enjoy keeping them on hand when they are in season. They enliven just about anything!

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