Asian Quinoa Salad in a Jar

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READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by yogamatters

Easy vegan meal on the go adapted from The Yummy Life

Ingredients Nutrition

  • DRESSING INGREDIENTS (for 1 jar)

  • 34 teaspoon olive oil
  • 14 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon powdered peanut butter or 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 pinch ginger powder
  • 12 teaspoon chia seeds (ground)
  • SALAD INGREDIENTS (for 1 jar)

  • 14 cup snow peas, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 14 cup carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup greens, packed (cut romaine lettuce, uncut arugula, uncut baby spinach, or shredded cabbage)

Directions

  1. 1. MAKE QUINOA PILAF: In a strainer, rinse the quinoa under running water for 60 seconds, until water runs clear; drain. In 2 quart pan on stove top, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add water, quinoa, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid, remove from heat, and fluff with a fork. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. 2. COMBINE dressing ingredients in bottom of jar, stirring them with a fork. Add 1/2 cup cooked & cooled quinoa pilaf; use a fork to toss with dressing until well combined. Level out quinoa for an even bottom layer.
  3. 3. LAYER the salad ingredients in the order given from the bottom up. If adding greens in the pint jar option, you can pack them in to get as much as possible in the jar.
  4. 4. PUT A LID on the jar and refrigerate. Salad should stay fresh for approximately 4-5 days, depending on the freshness and type of ingredients used. Jars that include greens may have a shorter shelf life.
  5. EASY EATING. The smaller jars without the greens can be stirred and eaten right out of the jars. The jars with the greens at the top are easiest to eat if you pour them out onto a plate or bowl. The dressed/flavored quinoa serves as the dressing for greens. If you prefer more dressing, increase the amount of dressing ingredients added to the bottom of the jar.
  6. EAT HOT OR COLD. Although these are normally eaten cold; if you prefer a hot version, you can heat the jars (without the greens) in the microwave for 1-2 minutes; stir and eat right out of the jar.

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