Well, there’s an inch of snow on the ground, so I suppose introducing my new favorite Spring salad today makes sense.
I made this one a few weeks ago, when the weather was 80 degrees and it felt like warm-weather forever was right around the corner. That’s one of the things I keep needing to remind myself about living in St. Louis. There is a Spring here. And, Spring doesn’t mean what it meant in California. Spring is filled with sunny days, rain showers and the occasional snow storm. While I might be ready to pack away my sweatpants for cut-offs, we’ve still got weeks of frost ahead.
Last year was our first year of the garden and it was, at the same time, a success and a failure. My tomatoes were perfect, even if they didn’t really begin to ripen until November. My lettuces were eaten almost entirely by the sweet family of bunnies that lives under our porch and my zucchini needed me to pollinate it; God save the bees.
I may love to cook, but I’ve got a long way to go in achieving a green thumb. So, I spent most of yesterday researching best practices for organic gardens, what to plant when, and, of course, how to build a fence to keep out my furry little friends.
This salad makes me swoon for Spring. I left the garden store yesterday with three packets of sprout seeds, so it’s safe to say that this one will also be in my future again and again over the next few months.
A salad that proves you don’t need lettuce to be delicious. Tender green beans, carrots, peppers, broccoli, sunflower sprouts, quinoa and a bright, lemon dressing. It’s packed with fiber and plant-based protein, filling enough to be a main meal, yet simple enough as a side.
Like most salads that I batch-prep for the week, I combine all of the ingredients together except the grain and dressing. Then, right before I’m ready to serve, I’ll toss the three together. To keep the vegetables crisp, store them in an air-tight bag or container and place in the crisper. This will usually keep them for at least 3 days. Store the dressing in a mason jar and the quinoa in a separate container.
I know the blanching vegetables step is a pain, but it helps to keep the crispness of the vegetables and their beautiful, bright colors. So, I don’t recommend skipping it.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Green Bean, Quinoa and Sprout Salad! This lettuce-free salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Green beans, broccoli, quinoa, carrots and sprouts tossed in a fresh dressing. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- 10 ounces green beans, trimmed
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 cup sunflower sprouts
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (I used a mixture of parsley, chives and dill)
- Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Add the quinoa to a pot along with 2/3 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes without touching. Lightly fluff with a fork, and side aside.
- While the quinoa is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 1-2 minutes until just bright green. Remove from water with a slotted spoon and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Pat dry and cut into 1-2″ pieces
- Using the same water (adding more if needed), add the broccoli florets. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then place in the same bowl of ice water. Remove and gently pat dry.
- Add the blanched vegetables and quinoa to a large bowl along with the diced carrot, herbs and sunflower sprouts.
- In a small bowl or mason jar, whisk together the garlic clove, lemon juice and djion mustard until garlic is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and season with salt, pepper and small pinch of smoked paprika.
- Toss dressing over the quinoa salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.