Quinoa & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cilantro, Scallions and Lime

brussels sprout quinoa salad (1 of 2)

I had a craving for brussels sprouts but I didn’t want to just sauté them with shallots and lemon as I often do. I was racking my brain for inspiration when my eyes landed on a bunch of fresh cilantro sitting to the left of the brussels sprouts at my local market. To the right were some scallions. With a the addition of a little lime, this was exactly the kind of refreshing dish I was in the mood for, so I decided to throw some quinoa into the mix to make it a proper meal. I’ve made a Mexican quinoa dish with similar ingredients in the past, so I thought this would be nice as a cold salad and it certainly was. It was a perfect Sunday night light meal and I’ll be enjoying the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Here’s how to make it…

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 limes
2-3 cups shredded brussels sprouts
2 tbs sesame oil (olive oil or grapeseed oil is fine too)
1 cup finely chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of Braggs Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

Start by cooking the quinoa. Add the water and juice of half a lime to a medium pot and add quinoa. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. While that’s cooking, cook shredded brussels sprouts in sesame oil over medium heat in a large pan. After about 1 minute, add juice of half a lime. Sautee just a few minutes or until brussels sprouts turn bright green and soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. When quinoa is finished, remove from eat and set aside to cool. Once both have cooled to room temperature, cover and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes (if you don’t want to wait, you can definitely eat this dish hot or at room temperature). Remove from refrigerator and mix together brussels sprouts, quinoa, scallions and cilantro. Mix in juice of half a lime and a dash or two of Braggs Liquid Aminos or soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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