Healthy Dinner: Nourishing Broccolini and Quinoa Salad Bowl

September 16, 2014
Healthy Dinner: Nourishing Quinoa and Broccolini Salad | Peaceful Dumpling

Nourishing quinoa and broccolini salad

Sometimes it’s the little things that make you feel just so darn proud of yourself. As a child, I wouldn’t eat anything green, unless it was a grape or granny smith apple—no veggies for me. When I started cooking for myself, I lost my childhood fear of vegetables and pursued everything foreign or formerly “gross” in the produce section. Except broccoli. So intense was my dislike for it, that I requested restaurant servers to “hold the broccoli.” I didn’t even want it on my plate lest it flavor the rest of the food.

Last summer, however, I started eating a small amount of broccoli because I wanted to like it. While I never fell in love with it, I made sure it made on occasional appearance with other, more delicious steamed veggies. We were peaceful acquaintances.

Our relationship continued this way for about a year until last night when I made a salad with broccolini. Okay, technically broccolini isn’t exactly the same as broccoli.  Often mistaken for baby broccoli, it’s actually a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan (also known as Chinese kale). It’s sweeter, milder taste make it a perfect stepping stone to loving broccoli broccoli.

I delighted in my broccolini recipe so much that I wished I’d made more! And for this new love for kind-of-broccoli, I felt proud of myself.

Healthy Dinner: Nourishing Quinoa and Broccolini Salad | Peaceful DumplingThis salad comes together in about 20 minutes, making it the perfect, healthy weeknight staple.

Nourishing Broccolini and Quinoa Salad


(Serves 2)

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1 bunch broccolini

1 ½ cup cooked quinoa (or any leftover grain hanging out in your fridge. Thank you, leftover gods!)

½ head green leaf lettuce

3 large handfuls baby kale and/or spinach

generous glug of olive oil

generous glug of apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. nutritional yeast

1 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips

1 avocado, sliced in thin strips

1 tbsp. chopped cilantro

salt and pepper


1. In a large pan or wok, warm coconut oil at medium-low heat. Add broccolini to the pan and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and salt. Lightly sautée for about 8 minutes, turning the broccolini over every few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. In a small pan, warm quinoa or leftover grain then set aside. To make a fresh batch of quinoa, bring 1 ½ cups water to a boil. Add 1 tsp. salt and 1 cup dry quinoa. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot, and cook for 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.
3. Toss lettuce, kale, and spinach in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and nutritional yeast.
4. Divide greens onto two plates. Arrange broccolini, quinoa, bell pepper, and avocado on the beds of greens. Garnish with cilantro.

Healthy Dinner: Nourishing Quinoa and Broccolini Salad | Peaceful Dumpling


More healthy gluten-free vegan dinners: Raw Coconut Curry Rice

Eggplant Rollatini with Cashew Cheese and Pesto

Comforting Coconut Carrot Soup

Vegan Sushi Bowl



Photos: Mary Hood


Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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