Vegan Quinoa Pilaf Side Dish Served Chilled

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

Who says that cooking vegan has to be tasteless… Well, to be honest with you that was probably me, a few years back. Unfortunately, when you cater, you get into all kinds of fun cooking situations. And you eventually “meet” people that don’t eat “meat” (pun intended).

This is a vegan dish, so there are no animal parts or byproducts involved. In my opinion, you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this tasty dish.

This can be served as a side dish, or eaten as a meal in and of itself.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

1 Hr 20 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

1 c
quinoa
2 c
water, filtered
1/2 c
organic cucumber, diced
1/2 c
organic tomatoes, diced
1/2 c
organic carrots, match sticked
2
green onions, sliced (white part only)
2 Tbsp
italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp
jalapeño, dices (optional)
4 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1/5 Tbsp
lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook the quinoa in the water, according to package directions.
2
Chef’s Note: If you want to add a bit more flavor, substitute vegetable stock for the water, but be careful… Some off-the-shelf stocks, and broths, are not truly vegan. My favorite cubes for making a quick stock are Telma brand. Of course, if you have the time, you could always make your own vegetable stock from scratch.
3
Once the quinoa has cooked, remove from the heat, and allow to cool, completely.
4
While the quinoa is cooling, prep your remaining ingredients… Dice, Slice, match stick, and Chop.
5
Add all the ingredients to the cool quinoa, and toss to combine.

Chef's Note: Add the oil last, and start with 2 tablespoons, and then add the other two; one tablespoon at a time. The reason I mention this is that some people don't like that much olive oil... Remember the maxim of cooking: Taste, taste, taste.
6
Place in the refrigerator, covered, for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.

Serve chilled.

Chef's Note: This will serve 4 as a side dish, and 2 as a main dish.
7
This is an excellent side dish, to just about anything; including fish, chicken, and beef.

When I'm serving this as a main dish, I usually lay it on a bed of spinach leaves. Just to give it a bit more substance.

Enjoy.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #Vegan, #quinoa, #vegeterian