This is one extremely satisfying harvest quinoa salad, that also happens to be a very healthy vegetarian meal! Made with grilled (or slow roasted) fall veggies, Parmesan cheese, red quinoa and sweet balsamic vinegar, satisfies even the pinkest of eaters!
Since I discovered GoGoQuinoa earlier this summer, quinoa salads have been my go-to vegetarian dinner. Because I try to feed my family with vegetarian dinners 3 times a week, sometimes I’m short on ideas. But a quiooa salad is always a fast, easy to make and a super nutritious meal.
I always add some sort of cheese ( my kids are obsessed with cheese) and herbs. Parmesan works great with the sweetness of rosted vegetables, and fresh basil and romarin add this extra flavour to the salad.
Being honest, I first introduced red quinoa to my kids as a sort of rice.. And then, when they tried it and approved it, I explained what the real name was.
What I used:
1 cup Red Quinoa
3 big carrots
1 medium eggplant
2 medium zucchini
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup Parmesan flakes
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon Maple sirup
( roasted garlic cloves)
Cut vegetables in cubes,add garlic cloves and roast on 350F until soft( around 40 min). After around 20 min outs add garlic cloves and rosemary. When the veggies are ready, let them cool down, and take the roasted garlic cloves out. You’ll need to add them to your dressing.
Meanwhile cook one cup of quinoa according to the instructions on the box.
When your veggies are roasted and the red quinoa is cooked, mix everything together, add Parmesan cheese and dressing.
If you feel adventurous, add rocket salad! I love the mix of grains with leaves, but if you’re cooing for a family it might be a bit too much for some picky eaters..although my almost 4 yearly old loved it! It was my soon-to-be toddler who really didn’t appreciate this upgrade.
And if you’re looking for a very children friendly quinoa recipe, have a look at this one here:
I got this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.