How to make healthy quinoa salads

Make these meal prep bulgur and quinoa bowls for a healthy work lunch. Use one base and two different toppings to prepare four easy, delicious salad boxes.

How to make bulgur & quinoa lunch bowls: 

  • Add 1 chopped onion and 150g bulgur and quinoa to a large pan. 
  • Pour over 600ml water and stir in 2 thyme sprigs and 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • Cover and cook on a low heat for 15 mins
  • Leave to stand for 10 mins. Remove the thyme sprigs. 
  • To make the dressing, mix 4 tsp cider vinegar with 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Divide the quinoa and bulgur mix between four lunchboxes. 
  • For the avocado salad topping, divide 2 tomatoes, 1 avocado, 4 tbsp chopped basil, 6 Kalamata olives and a handful of rocket over two boxes. 
  • For the beetroot topping, divide a 210g can of chickpeas, 160g cooked beetroot, 2 tomatoes, 1 orange and 2 tbsp chopped mint over two boxes. Sprinkle with 1 tsp cumin seeds, several pinches of ground cinnamon and 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • Add the dressing to both salads and chill in the fridge until needed. 

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