This big grain salad pops with texture, color and flavor from crunchy purple cabbage, fresh corn and jicama, succulent mango and bright and crispy green onion. Doused in an impossible-not-to-love chimichurri dressing, this salad is a hit at every party I’ve taken it to. Vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free folks, kids, adults, pregnant people, sweet tooths, savory folks, sour fiends and everyone in between all love piling it high and topping it with some roasted pepitas and maybe even some cotija cheese. Don’t have a party to go to? Make a big batch for yourself to have a week’s worth of gourmet lunches.
As with all salads, the choice of veggies is not set in stone and can be switched up to match your preference or what you have in your fridge. That being said, I almost want to insist on jicama being in the mix, as it stays extra-crunchy and won’t make the salad soggy. Make sure to add the dressing and mango right before consuming to avoid muddling.
Crunchy Cabbage and Quinoa Salad with Mango and Chimichurri
3 cups uncooked quinoa
4½ cups water
1 small purple cabbage, finely shredded
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 small jicama, peeled and diced
2 bunches green onions, white and light green parts finely sliced
2 ripe mangos, diced
For the chimichurri:
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch parsley
3 small cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
Crumbled Cotija cheese
Add the quinoa to 4½ cups salted boiling water; cover and simmer on low for 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the chimichurri by blending the ingredients in a blender or food processor until achieving the texture of thin pesto.Related Articles
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Combine the cooked quinoa, cabbage, corn, jicama, green onion and mango (if not eating immediately, add the mango just before serving to avoid it getting mushy). Toss with the chimichurri, reserving some to drizzle over the top. Serve with a bowl of pepitas and cotija cheese to sprinkle over the top.
Registered dietician and food writer Laura McLively is the author of “The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook.” Follow her at @myberkeleybowl and www.lauramclively.com.
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