Eclipses Quinoa Salad

Eclipses Quinoa Salad

Course Type: Side Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

Besides being deliciously nutty, quinoa is a complete protein. Win-win!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh colander
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ⅔ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (from 1 large bunch)
  • 1 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1 3-pack Nature Sweet Eclipses, cut in wedges
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta (optional, omit for vegan option)
Jalapeño-Cilantro Dressing
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup lime juice (from about 4 limes)
  • ½ cup lightly packed cilantro (mostly leaves)
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup for vegan option
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Toast the pepitas: combine the pepitas, olive oil, paprika, and a pinch of salt in a medium skillet over medium heat. Toast the pepitas, stirring frequently, until they turn golden on the edges and make little popping noises, about 4 to 7 minutes. Set the skillet aside to cool.
  2. To cook the quinoa: Combine the rinsed quinoa and the broth in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes, reducing heat if needed to maintain a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  3. Once the quinoa has cooled, combine it in a large serving bowl with the remaining ingredients. Set aside while you prepare the dressing.
  4. To make the dressing: Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, and add extra salt if needed. Blend again, then transfer to a small jar with a spout, for serving.