lunch of the week :: quinoa and broccoli salad
a new week means yet another chance to not be the least healthy future nutritionist on the planet. on sunday i cooked a bunch of quinoa and planned to recreate the “super healthy salad” from hummus kitchen. the salad consists of quinoa, dried apricots and cranberries, walnuts, roasted sweet potatoes, and a mint-yogurt dressing. the dressing is amazing and totally makes the salad. however, after finding the perfect dressing recipe online, i was disappointed to find that all the mint at the grocery store was slimy and gross.
so instead of giving up and buying mini pizza bagels, i decided to put my own spin on quinoa salad. i had some little pre-cut broccoli florets from trader joe’s which i blanched. i also made a really effing delicious dressing out of (1) the juice from one lemon, (2) olive oil, (3) dijon mustard, and (4) salt and pepper. i let the broccoli cool in the fridge and then put it over some quinoa and topped it with a few teaspoons of my lemon-dijon dressing and some parmesan flakes (because cheese makes everything 1000x better, duh). my salad was SO good. i seriously think i could (and might) eat it everyday. it also gave me a ton of energy (or maybe that was the large dunks iced coffee with two sugars? who knows), and helped me to concentrate during 90+ slides of advanced nutrition notes.
the picture doesn’t do it justice. but take my word for it and MAKE THIS SALAD. i already packed another for lunch tomorrow :)