Simple as Quinoa Salad

Simple as Quinoa Salad

How versatile and unique this little grain is, although technically it’s not a grain at all, but rather a chenopod, closely related to beets and spinach. That’s probably why it’s so nutritious. Quinoa pronounced “Qin-wah” comes from the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and if you’re looking for in South Korea, I suggest you try i-herb.

To cook 1 cup of quinoa add 1 3/4 cups of water to a pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer uncovered for 20-30mins, stir occasionally and then fluff with a fork. This will make around 4 servings and can be served hot or cold.

I like my quinoa cold in a salad. Quinoa salad is so versatile you can tinker it to your taste. Add any cooked vegetable or sliced sweet veggies. My suggestion is:


1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 can of artichoke hearts
1 bunch of steamed green beans
2 cups of diced and steamed beets
4 large tomatoes
1/2 parsley
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Toss in a bowl and share with 3 friends….. or do as I do and pack it in a container to be an envious work lunch.


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4 Responses to Simple as Quinoa Salad

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  2. Stef says:

    Lovely! Where did u find the artichoke?

    • VeganUrbanite says:

      Hi there,
      Artichokes in oil can be bought from Costco (in Su-yeong if you live in Busan) for ~8,000 won for a very large jar.
      I prefer to buy mine tinned, in water from iherb. It usually takes 4-6 days delivery time and costs ~$3 a tin plus postage. But as I buy blackstrap molasses and vegan chocolate from i-herb too, the postage is not a lot. Happy hunting :)

  3. Kiara Laeger says:

    People often add too much salt in their recipes without realizing it until it’s too late, but do not worry. There is a way to fix this! Add two peeled and chopped raw potatoes to the dish, and then allow it to simmer for around 15 minutes. The potatoes help absorb the extra salt. For a dish that is tomato-based, just put a few more tomatoes in and let them cook until they’re tender. These will dilute the extra salt…^

    Till next time

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