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golden beet, heirloom carrot and quinoa salad

one of the things i promised myself i would tackle this year is cooking with diffrent kinds of grains (it's easy for me to fall back on my staple brown rice and ignore all the other delicious and fun grains out there). so yesterday i made this tasty little salad! roasted veggies, quinoa, the perfect dressing: it doesn't get more simple, healthy or delicious. next time we eat this i'll serve it on arugala or mix in some watercress to get our greens in there too. yum, yum, yum.

1 cup quinoa (multi-variety shown)

4 small/medium yellow beets

1 bunch heirloom carrots


1/4 c white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons high grade amber maple syrup

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

sea salt


rinse and cook 1 cup of quinoa (instructions on how to cook quinoa here)

peel and chop beets, chop carrots and coat all with evoo. sprinkle with sea salt and roast for 20 minutes at three hundred and fifty degrees (when you can easily pierce the beets/carrots with a fork, they're done. adjust time if necessary)

make dressing while the quinoa and veggies are cooking. in a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and maple syrup. add salt and pepper to taste. (this makes more than enough for this salad, reduce recipe if you're not into leftovers...or make this recipe to use up the extra!)

when the veggies and quinoa are done mix in a large bowl and add salad dressing, sea salt and pepper to taste. i prefer this salad when it's had some time to chill for a bit and I definitely like it best served on greens. 

Reader Comments (6)

Mm, looks good! I love the colours of the veggies. Quinoa is so good - although it's not a grain at all, but a seed! Good news for gluten-free eaters!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

oh wow meaghan, i had no idea! that's awesome! shoot, that means i have foiled my own plans for more grain experiments! :)

January 6, 2012 | Registered Commentersarah yates

The perfect recipe to kick off a healthier 2012!! And Meaghan is right -- quinoa is PACKED with protein. More protein than carbs, for sure!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervictoria | vmac+cheese

yum! can't wait to try it! and pretty pictures as always. xx

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermargaux

Thank you for giving you my dinner menu for this evening. Officially doing a farmers market run at lunch!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Looks delish! I'm all over it.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermandy

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