This Vegetable Quinoa with Maple Lemon Vinaigrette is truly one of Todd and my favorite dishes. It's hearty, healthy and it's the perfect blend of flavors thanks to the sweetness from the maple syrup, the saltiness of the miso paste and the sourness from the lemon juice and the vinegar. I love everything about it and I am so happy to finally share one of my all-time, most beloved dishes!

Produce On Parade - Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

I really enjoy TruRoots Organic Sprouted Bean Trio, which is a mix of dry, quick-cooking lentils, adzuki, and mung beans. I get mine from Costco, but you could use any bean(s) you like! If however, you have an aversion to beans, then just double the quinoa and it's water and ignore the beans and their respected water.

Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

Inspired by Iowa Girl Eats

Serves 6

  • -- For the Quinoa and Beans --
  • 2 cups water (for the quinoa)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 3 cups water (for the beans)
  • 1 cup dry TruRoots Sprouted Bean Trio (or double quinoa)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium zucchinis, chopped
  • 4 ears of cooked corn , kernels cut off the cob (about 3 cups frozen/fresh)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • small handful of fresh basil, chopped finely
  • -- For the Maple Lemon Vinaigrette --
  • fresh juice from 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. miso paste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

To start, bring the 2 cups of water and 1 cup dry quinoa together to a boil. Make sure to rinse the quinoa first! Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. When done cooking, fluff with a fork.  At the same time bring the 3 cups of water and 1 cup sprouted bean trio together to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes are up, allow to rest, covered for 10 minutes and then drain.

Produce On Parade - Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

While the quinoa and beans cook, begin by preparing the vegetables. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil, then add the garlic, zucchini and corn. Saute over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.

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While the zucchini is cooking, whip up the vinaigrette. It's very easy. Simply whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl! Oh and please, for the love of good food, use fresh lemon juice...from like, a real lemon. Just trust me!

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You can't really tell in the photo below but that lemon was just thawed from being in the freezer. That's right! If you've got a lemon that's on it's way but you're not ready to use it, just freeze it. When you need lemon juice, just soak it in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes and then squeeze away. I wouldn't do it if I needed lemon slices though, but for lemon juice it's perfect!

Produce On Parade - Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

Once the zucchini mixture is done cooking, turn off the heat and add in the cooked quinoa, cooked beans, tomatoes, basil and green onions. Then add in the vinaigrette and mix well to combine. Serve warm.

Produce On Parade - Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon VinaigretteIt was a rainy day here in Alaska indeed. A perfect day for a warm and wholesome quinoa and bean salad!

Produce On Parade - Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon VinaigretteLast night for dinner we had my Sweet Potato Mac and "Cheese" and it was sooo good! Rainy day comfort food is the best food.

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Vegetable Quinoa with a Maple Lemon Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Katie - Produce On Parade
Serves: 6
This Vegetable Quinoa with Maple Lemon Vinaigrette is hearty, healthy and it's the perfect blend of flavors thanks to the sweetness from the maple syrup, the saltiness of the miso paste and the sourness from the lemon juice and the vinegar.
Ingredients
  • -- For the Quinoa and Beans --
  • 2 cups water (for the quinoa)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 3 cups water (for the beans)
  • 1 cup dry TruRoots Sprouted Bean Trio (or double quinoa)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium zucchinis, chopped
  • 4 ears of cooked corn , kernels cut off the cob (about 3 cups frozen/fresh)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • small handful of fresh basil, chopped finely
  • -- For the Maple Lemon Vinaigrette --
  • fresh juice from 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. miso paste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring the 2 cups of water and 1 cup dry quinoa together to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. When done cooking, fluff with a fork. At the same time bring the 3 cups of water and 1 cup sprouted bean trio together to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes are up, allow to rest, covered for 10 minutes and then drain.
  2. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil, then add the garlic, zucchini and corn. Saute over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  3. While the zucchini is cooking, whip up the vinaigrette. Simply whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl!
  4. Once the zucchini mixture is done cooking, turn off the heat and add in the cooked quinoa, cooked beans, tomatoes, basil and green onions. Then add in the vinaigrette and mix well to combine.
  5. Serve warm.