Vegan Protein-Packed Quinoa Salad
This refreshing vegan quinoa salad is a nutrient powerhouse, packed with plant-based protein and wholesome ingredients. It features protein-rich quinoa, fiber-loaded garbanzo beans, crunchy bell peppers, hydrating cucumbers, and flavorful sundried tomatoes. Tossed in a zesty dressing made with heart-healthy olive oil, tangy champagne vinegar, and fresh basil, this salad is a vibrant and nutritious choice for a light lunch or a satisfying side dish. Indulge in this protein-packed vegan quinoa salad and nourish your body with every delicious bite.
- Medium saucepan
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 2 cups of uncooked quinoa
- 1 can of garbanzo beans
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 can of black olives
- 2 bell peppers
- ½ a red onion
- 3 small cucumbers
- ½ cup of sundried tomatoes
- 1 packet of cherry tomatoes
- Green onion
- Champagne vinegar
- 1 small lime
- Cook Quinoa: In a medium saucepan, add 2 cups of uncooked quinoa and 4 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
- Prepare Veggies: Cut the bell peppers, red onion, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and sundried tomatoes into small bite-sized pieces. Chop basil and green onion.
- Prepare the Dressing: In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, champagne vinegar, lime juice, chopped basil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Combine All: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, black olives, chopped veggies, and dressing. Toss everything together until well combined.
- Serve: Divide the salad into 8 portions. Enjoy it as a refreshing and protein-packed meal or side dish.
- This Vegan Quinoa Salad is a nutritious and protein-packed dish that is perfect for a healthy meal or side.
- Feel free to customize the salad by adding additional vegetables or toppings of your choice.
- You can make the salad ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a quick and convenient meal throughout the week.
- The flavors of the salad will develop more over time, so it can be enjoyed as leftovers.
- For added protein, you can sprinkle some toasted nuts or seeds on top of the salad.
- This salad is a great option for meal prep, picnics, potlucks, or as a light lunch or dinner option.
- It’s gluten-free and suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets.
- Remember to adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.
- Enjoy the salad chilled or at room temperature for the best flavor.