Friday, July 29, 2011

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

This week is soccer camp for the small children which motivates me to share with you two things:

1. Awesome things that five-year-olds say; and
2. A amazing salad that will have you reveling in the magical combination of sesame plus ginger.

On Wednesday, the kids were surprised by a visit from number 11, forward for the Seattle Sounders, Steve Zakuani. Noodle Nose's response after meeting him? 

'He's famous!! And I'm his famous friend!'

Yes child. Yes you are.

Then yesterday we had the pleasure of bringing home Mr. Jack, one of Noodle's friends. I suggested they go out and practice some of their newly learned soccer moves. Jack's response (in absolute seriousness)?

'Noodle doesn't want to play soccer with me because I'm too legendary for him.'

Bah! I almost peed my pants laughing.

And the salad? A perfect finish to a sunshiny day full of awesome things five-year-olds say. And don't let the salad fool you into thinking it's only for birds and ladies who lunch. This salad packs the protein in a serious way. And it's delicious. Which is legendary.

3 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 whole lime, juiced and zested
1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter (I used Adams)
1 teaspoon agave nectar
pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 cup quinoa, cooked per package instructions and cooled
1 1/4 cups green garbanzo beans, steamed
1/2 head cabbage, sliced thin into about 2 inch long strips (like cole slaw)
About 1 cup matchstick carrots
1 can water chestnuts, drained and sliced in half
6-8 green onions, chopped... with about 3 Tablespoons reserved for garnish
About 1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 can mandarin oranges, drained and sliced in half
About 3 Tablespoons sesame seeds

In a jar, combine sesame oil, lime juice and zest, peanut butter, agave nectar, salt and pepper. Cover and shake until fully emulsified.

Cook and cool quinoa and green garbanzo beans then combine in a medium bowl. To that add cabbage, carrots,  water chestnuts, onions and almonds.

Drizzle about half of the dressing over top of your salad and gently toss, ensuring dressing is evenly distributed.

Add mandarin oranges and about half of the remaining dressing. Toss gently, as to not crush the oranges.

Arrange in bowls or on plates then Ssprinkle sesame seeds and green onion on top.



  1. I love it, they do say such awesomely funny random things. Great salad.

  2. Green garbanzo beans? I'm unaware of these. Are they fresh?

  3. I really want to try this. Anything with mandarin oranges and I'm in. So I apologize for all the questions... is the ginger in the dressing? How much? Thanks! I always love your recipes!

  4. JeNnifurla, ha ha! Yes :) and thank you!

    Kristen, yes! I got them at the food coop in the frozen section. Costco has them too. They are so good!no prob with the questions... That's what I'm here fir! Yes, the ginger is for the dressing. It should say in the recipe but I will double check and update! :)



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