Mimi's Vegan Kitchen: 10-minute warm winter salad!


As soon as the first signs of winter started appearing in late November, I started craving cooked food. By mid-December, I realized that my consumption of fresh raw greens was almost non-existent. Quinoa and chickpeas were the first warm ingredients I considered adding to my greens, but after many failed attempts to copy my favorite restaurant's quinoa salad, I decided that maybe I should just keep it simple. Simple is definitely not tasteless, though! I take about 40 minutes eating one of those, just for the comfort of it and the taste.

I usually have this after a long day of work because it literally takes me 10 minutes to put together and let’s be real, most people don’t have time to spend an hour everyday cooking a good meal, but you can definitely have it quick without compromising on the taste and quality of your food!

Now, I honestly never prepared quinoa without cherry tomatoes; even better roasted cherry tomatoes… yum, but more on that later. So while the chickpeas and quinoa are cooking and cooling down, I get all the raw veggies ready. Put everything all together; add the dressing and then I relax with a big bowl of salad. It is certainly filling but it digests fast enough so you don’t go to bed feeling heavy.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the salad

1 head of romaine lettuce

2 small-medium tomatoes or 1/2 a cup of cherry tomatoes

1 small avocado

½ a cup quinoa

2-3 tbsp chickpeas

1 tsp of olive oil

For the tahini dressing

It’s the same as here but I usually add a bit more water to get a lighter consistency.

Directions:

Step 1: Cook quinoa according to package contents.

Step 2: Coat the chickpeas with the olive oil and lightly roast them in a pan on in the oven. It takes 5-7 minutes to get them slightly browned.

Step 3: While the chickpeas cool down, go ahead and prepare the base of the salad by chopping the lettuce, cutting the tomatoes and the avocado into big chunks.

Step 4: While normally you’d toss everything together at that point, for this one I go with a structured salad. I add the lettuce to a big bowl and then in I imagine the bowl in quarters, adding each of the tomatoes chunks, avocados cubes, quinoa and chickpeas into one of the quarters.

Step 5: Prepare the dressing and drizzle over the salad. Garnish with any fresh of dry herbs and serve. I love using fresh cilantro on most quinoa salads. Enjoy!