Cabbage and Quinoa Salad

Spotted: the elusive vegetable in my lately-lackluster diet. You know when you are sick, and you either lose your appetite or just want to eat junk? I was the junk eater over the past couple of weeks during my endless coughing, sinus pain, and fatigue. I ate plenty of lime tortilla chips and even ordered Domino’s cheesy bread a-la-Freshman year in college one night. It was gooooood.

This week, as we look forward to warmer weather, a trip to California, and some rest, I am finally craving vegetables again. I never thought that would happen. I decided to whip up a cold quinoa and veggie salad for healthy and quick lunches.

 

quinoa

I started by cooking up a few cups of quinoa. I don’t really follow any directions, just throw some quinoa in, cover it ever-so-slightly in water, and boil it until the water is absorbed. This time around, when the quinoa started to look done, I added about 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar and let it cook a little more. Instant flavor!

While the quinoa was doing its thing, I tossed two jalapenos and a piece of ginger root into my mini chopper, creating a finely minced, very fragrant blend.

jalapeno and ginger

And I roughly chopped heaps of red cabbage. I used my vegetable scissors and just chopped away until the cabbage pieces were to my liking. I worried I had too much cabbage compared to quinoa, but it ended up being perfect.

red cabbage

To make the salad, I simply poured the hot quinoa over the cabbage, stirred in the jalapeno and ginger, and I was done. Isn’t it pretty?

quinoa salad

I loved all of the spice that the ginger and jalapeno brought to this, the crunch from the cabbage, and the tang from the vinegar. It’s the perfect on-the-go salad because there’s no mayo or other dairy to spoil. I ate my first bowl warm and went back for another cold bowl later, both really nice.

This salad would be great with all sorts of veggies and toppings like carrots, olives, and lemon juice. Even though it’s really simple, I am kind of excited to have found something I like so much that is also really easy and healthy. Maybe I can actually avoid being sick for awhile.

Are you craving crunchy veggies, or are you still on a wintry comfort food streak?

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  1. thehealthyapron’s avatar

    This looks super light and delish! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I am a huge cabbage fan, especially raw. I need to get in some more cabbage before we’re into warm weather.

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  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Sorry to hear you’re sick again :( This sounds like great get-well food!

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  4. Michelle’s avatar

    I have been feeling so under the weather for weeks now and craving junk food. I finally called in sick today and slept until 1 PM. It was everything my body needed!

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  5. Daisy’s avatar

    I’m so craving crunchy veggies!! and i need to start cooking Quinoa

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  6. melissanibbles’s avatar

    Geez…you’ve been dealt a bad hand this winter with colds and such. I hope you’re feeling better soon and that it sticks!

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  7. Megan’s avatar

    That is beautiful. I was picturing green cabbage when I read the title of your post, but purple is so much better here. I sometimes cook quinoa in chicken broth to give it flavor.

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  8. Susan’s avatar

    I always resort to junk in those situations. This looks amazing.

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