Vegan Creamy Ranch Quinoa Salad

Did you have a good weekend?

We had initially planned to go to Calaway Park, but it ended up raining all weekend so we decided to stay home and organize the house! Sounds much better than going to a theme park, right? *rolls eyes*

It’s amazing how much stuff a person can accumulate over the years, isn’t it? I was surprised to learn that we have 11 boxes of Christmas things – lights, decorations, stockings, etc. That’s more than we have boxes of books, or clothes! There’s something wrong with this picture, no?

Come Sunday afternoon, we had made two trips to the goodwill center, organized the basement, our offices and the garage, and were absolutely drop-dead starving! Kevin kept himself busy sorting through a box of old photos while I prepared a big salad for the two of us. We met in the living room just off the kitchen, sat on the floor with the dogs, and gobbled it all up!

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Vegan Creamy Ranch Quinoa Salad
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Serves: 6 cups, 6 servings
 
Quinoa ranch salad with sweet potato, fresh parsley, black beans, bell peppers and pepitas.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup raw white quinoa
  • 1 cup small cubed sweet potato
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1-1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • ½ cup pepitas, soaked for 8 hours, drained and rinsed (soaking optional)
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • 1 batch vegan ranch salad dressing (recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa in a medium-sized saucepan with 2 cups of water. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 minutes. Remove lid and place int the freezer to cool while you prepare everything else.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add diced sweet potatoes and boil for 5-6 minutes, or until tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  3. Prepare remaining ingredients, placing them in a large bowl when complete.
  4. Prepare vegan ranch salad dressing using recipe below.
  5. Add cooled quinoa and yam to vegetable mixture. Pour dressing over top.
  6. Stir to coat, and serve!
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    Vegan Ranch Salad Dressing

    Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
    Yield: 0.875 cups    Servings: 7 (2 tablespoons per serving)

    Homemade vegan ranch salad dressing. Great as a veggie dip, tofu marinade, or dressing to your favorite green salad.

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    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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    Please make me feel better about our 11 boxes of Christmas decorations. How many boxes do you have?

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    1. Holy deliciousness! I have been searching everywhere for new quinoa recipes to try and have thus far been a little disappointed. I never would have thought to season it with Ranch. Can’t wait to try this!

    2. LOL about the Christmas decorations! I think we have 4 in total, but I don’t think I need any more seeing as I’m only 23 and already have a ridiculous amount of “stuff” for someone my age! Since I moved into a condo in 2nd year of university and have lived here ever since (almost 5 years), I’ve got full sets of bedroom furniture, living room furniture, and dining room stuff. It makes the thought of moving rather daunting, but I really do enjoy a good “get-rid-of-stuff” weekend from time to time! Sounds like you guys had a super productive weekend. Sometimes when those cleaning moods hit, you just have to take advantage of them!

      • Ugh I need 4. I think I’ll have to go back through the boxes next weekend. Just doesn’t seem right to me! I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a home for more than 5 years, that’s impressive! Condo living definitely doesn’t allow you to store as many things, that’s for sure! Sounds like YOU had a great weekend. Your pictures this morning were amazing! It’s too bad they don’t let you swim there. I totally would have broke the rules :)

    3. Oh my gosh, I totally know what you mean about not realizing how much stuff you have! This weekend, my mom and I had a garage sale, and I went through ALL of my belongings and could not believe how much stuff I have accumulated. My grandma has given me so much stuff over the past couple of years (mostly old stuff she’s had in storage for ages that I really don’t need), and I put a huge amount of it in the sale. We didn’t sell as much as anticipated, but oh well. This salad sounds delicious though.. what a great way to end your busy weekend! :) Have a great week!

      • I wish I could have a garage sale, I just don’t have the patience. Good for you guys! I know what you mean about your grandma giving you old things… my Mom does the same thing. So much stuff, all the time! I’m seeing her for lunch tomorrow and I’m waiting in anticipation for the bags of things she’ll bring along with her!

    4. holiday decor, yeah, that sounds about right… ;) BUT, having just moved, I know we have WAY more than that in boxes of books. both Jason and I have significant book collections, to the point we are talking about lining the walls of the formal living room with built in cases and making it a library. who needs a “living room” anyway, right? the holiday tree can STILL go in there! ;)

      this salad sounds just perfect – quinoa is still my favorite, and so is ranch!

      • Wow, your potential living room sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted to have a wall of books. Reminds me of the scene in Beauty and the Beast where Belle is flying across the library on the ladder…. she was my favorite Disney character!

    5. We probably have way more than 11 boxes of Christmas things. Is that bad? It is my favorite holiday and I love how upbeat and positive the whole vibe is around Christmas. Our garage is packed with stuff plus we have some in the attic. It’s just such a happy time, and all the Christmas things are so cheery!! Who wouldn’t want to hoard them?

      Also, these recipes looks awesome!! I’m of the opinion that (almost) everything tastes better with ranch on it!!!

      • Oh good, you’ve made me feel SO much better! They are cheery. I’m with you, the Christmas vibe is so magical and friendly.

    6. I just came across your blog not too long ago and I absolutely LOVE IT! Lots of great information on here (and delicious receipes).

      • Hi Nicole, I’m happy that you found me! Thanks for stopping in and saying hello :)

    7. It was a rainy weekend here, too, and I organized, too! I actually kind of like organizing…I know, I’m a freak.

      I honestly don’t know how many boxes of christmas stuff we have….when we moved a few years ago we got rid of a TON. So we might only have 4 boxes now?

      But goodness gracious, I organized my papers. Wow. all the papers I’ve accumulated from school, homework, and other crappy stuff filled up a few buckets of recycling bins. I feel so free!

      • It is a freeing feeling, isn’t it? Wow, I would love to just have 4 boxes of Christmas things. I think I’ll have to go through the boxes again to see if I can’t get rid of a couple extra things. Seems silly to have so many boxes over something that lasts just a couple of weeks each year.

      • They were meant to be together, I can guarantee it!

    8. yum! dinner tomorrow :)
      going through things you’ve accumulated over the years and purging things that no longer serve you is so gratifying for the house and soul!

    9. Oooh I must try this, looks delish Leanne. I haven’t eaten quinoa in a while so thanks for the reminder!

    10. Looks delicious!!! I never actually had ranch dressing in my life; if only I could find some vegan mayo in Korea!! urgh, I’d definitely love to serve this to my family!

    11. Is that really all there is to Ranch dressing?

      Living in a small space as I do, it’s easy to remember to keep things to a minimum. We just don’t have the space to collect. Although I could still do with a few trips to goodwill.

      • Minus all the fake flavors and such, yep, that’s all there is!

    12. Leanne, I am making this for sure! Looks so easy and and will probably cost less than what I what I pay for a small amount at Whole Foods. I love sweet potato in recipes.

      • I had to read over your initial comment 6 times before I caught the double and. Amazing what our brains can do. Jeez, that was difficult! Enjoy the salad :)

    13. I live in an apartment and I have at least 6 boxes of Christmas stuff. When we get into a house, I’m pretty certain it will double, if not triple. My stepmother has 3 boxes just to decorate one tree – and she has a tree for every room in the house. They are all themed, so they all have their own boxes!

    14. First of all, LOVE the recipe. Any and all things quinoa (and chocolate!) are right up my alley.

      Only 1 (large) box of Christmas stuff BUT we still have the tree! We got a little live tree with the intention of planting it somewhere but it is living on our back porch being cared for until, well, I guess until next Christmas. Some things just can’t be parted with I guess. I am now thinking that Christmas in July may be in store…hmmm….yes definitely Christmas in July. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    15. I made this on Saturday and it was DELICIOUS! I didn’t have yellow peppers so I used corn instead but otherwise followed it exactly. I also made a double batch so we could have it in the fridge this week for a quick lunch or snack. Boyfriend was happy with it too:) Then last night he asked me to make another batch of ranch to use as a chip dip for our movie night. Great recipe!

      • We’ve turned your boyfriend into a ranch monster, ha! I’m so happy to hear that you two liked the recipe :)

    16. Regarding the nutritional information: Where is the cholesterol coming from if the ingredients are completely vegan?

      • Hi Shoshana – the nutrition facts are a rough guideline and are by no means 100% accurate. I use about.com recipe analyzer and it probably considered the mayonnaise to have egg in it. Hope the helps and sorry for the confusion!

    17. Making this for the 2nd time in one week. Tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    18. This has been my go to quinoa recipe since you posted it! So its only natural that you’re the first person I thought of ..QVC is having a contest to submit an original quinoa recipe and the winner will be featured on air. You should submit this recipe, the deadline is tomorrow. I know you would win for sure. Not sure if Im allowed to post this so if you have to remove it, I understand :) http://qvc.co/QuinoaGoodness

      • Wow, awesome Tiffany! I’ll submit it now :) Thanks a bunch! So happy that you like the recipe.

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