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Warm Middle Eastern Salad
Warm Middle Eastern Quinoa Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Servings: 4
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 dash truffle infused olive oil
  • 1 28 oz can chick peas with half the liquid reserved
  • 1 pound butternut squash diced
  • 3 packed cups kale leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 pinches truffle sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 dash blueberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup uncooked plain quinoa
  • fresh cilantro roughly chopped as needed for topping
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large rondeau pan over medium high heat. Add the beans with half of the bean liquid and the butternut squash and let them simmer together for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in the kale leaves, dried apricots, currants, garlic, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, coriander, walnuts, blueberry balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and vegetable stock. Give the mixture a stir and turn the heat to low. Let it all meld together for 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the quinoa. In a small pot bring the vegetable stock to a boil. While it is heating up add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, coriander and salt for flavor. Once the stock is boiling, pour the quinoa into it and give it a stir. Cover the pot and turn the heat to low. Let the quinoa cook for 12-15 minutes, until the liquid is all absorbed and it is tender.
  4. When the quinoa is done cooking, transfer it into the pan with the rest of the salad mixture and toss it all together. Then just scoop it into bowls and top it with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro. Enjoy!