Toasted Lemon Quinoa Cabbage Salad

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes

Serves:

6

Level:

Intermediate

About the Recipe

Here’s a unique new salad recipe to try, that’s far from ordinary. With cabbage, green olives, chickpeas, quinoa and a lemony dressing, this salad really satisfies! It’s fantastic as a meal all on its own, or to be served with a larger meal.

There are many elements of this salad that stand out, most particularly the green olives. With a creamy feel and smooth taste, these olives are a perfect pair with the lemony dressing. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making this salad time and time again – and sharing with your friends and family. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  1. 1 ½ cups water

  2. ½ cup red quinoa, rinsed well

  3. 1 teaspoon salt

  4. 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  5. ½ head Savoy cabbage (about 1 pound), cored and thinly sliced lengthwise

  6. 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  7. 3 ounces pitted large green olives, such as Castelvetrano or Cerinola, halved (about ¾ cup)

  8. 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  9. Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Instructions


1. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Stir in quinoa and ½ teaspoon salt, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Uncover, raise heat to high, and cook until water evaporates and quinoa is dry and tender, about 5 minutes (stir frequently to prevent scorching)

2. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil, cabbage, 1 teaspoon salt in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden brown in places, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

3. Add remaining oil to skillet. Return sautéed cabbage to skillet, add quinoa, and raise heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is toasted and crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chickpeas, olives, and lemon zest and juice, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


Nutrition

One serving equals: 107 calories, 5g fat, 401mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 3g protein

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