I back and coming at you with an AMAZING fall salad that’s both nourishing, healthy, and delicious! I have found that salads with just lettuce and veggies don’t fill me up for very long, but adding some plant-based protein and a grain make eating those greens so much easier.
This Quinoa-arugula salad with caramelized onions and creamy maple dijon dressing has all the fall flavors- peppery arugula mixed up with some garlicky quinoa, sweet onions, and crispy chickpeas. And GUYS- this dressing is the BOMB.COM. It’s oil free, vegan, sweet, spicy, creamy, I could go on and on.
There are also so many great nutritional components to this salad…
Chickpeas are super high is protein and fiber, and will keep you full for a long time! They are also full of folate and magnesium
Quinoa is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols and phenoilics, and is a fantastic whole grain that is quite unrefined compared to other grains.
Arugula! Vitamin C!
Red Onion is one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid great for eliminating free radicals.
Tahini is high in healthy fats which promote heart health!
OK, now, onto the recipe!
Here’s the Recipe (serves 1):
Time: 20 minutes
2 cup arugula
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup chickpeas
1/2 red onion
1 teaspoon olive oil
garlic powder to taste
1 Tablespoon tahini
1 Tablespoon water
1.5 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Just combine all of these ingredients and you have yourself a delicious creamy maple dijon dressing!
- Mix arugula and warm quinoa mixed with garlic powder to taste in a bowl with the made dressing
- Heat olive oil in pan, add onion
- Once onion is soft, add chickpeas, salt, and pepper and cook until chickpeas are soft but not mushy
- Top your quinoa arugula mix with the onions and chickpeas, garnish with tomato
- Add more salt and pepper to taste
That’s it! It’s super simple, super nutritious, and SO GOOD. Plus, you can make it in under 30 minutes!
I hope you guys enjoy this salad as much as I do! Let me know what you think!