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Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

October 3, 2016
high protein, vegan, pesto, quinoa, lentils

We have yet another holiday upon us here in Kuwait. Just a three day weekend this time but we’re going to check out Doha and see what Qatar is all about. But, before we go, I wanted to share this Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad recipe with you.

We’re been eating this all week and it is pretty delicious, if I do say so myself. The original recipe is from Closet Cooking and can be found here.

Luckily for me, Kevin, from Closet Cooking, had already done the hard part and had the nutritional breakdown ready and waiting. That’s how I was able to see right off the bat that I wanted to add a little more protein to my salad. As far as protein for a vegan salad goes, 12 grams is nothing to sneeze at, but 21 grams is a little more my style.

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Lentils + Quinoa for the win!

So, I added green lentils. And, of course, doubled the recipe. So I threw the quinoa in one pot, the lentils in another and let them cook away. Meanwhile, I pulled the rest of the ingredients together, just like Kevin suggests.

We don’t have normal zucchini’s here in Kuwait. We have little small ones that are a similar size to Japanese eggplants. So I chopped all of those up, along with the green onions and garlic, and threw them into the skillet with the corn.


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My skillet was getting a little full!

I mixed one jar of pesto with the quinoa when it was done, then mixed everything together and added the second jar of pesto.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any basil to make my own pesto, so no luck being able to use my new food processor again. But the jar of pesto was still delicious. I also omitted the pine nuts.

You guys. This recipe is SO EASY. It was done lickety split and we had enough for a whole week. And did you catch the part about this vegan recipe having 21 gm of protein per serving?!?! This is a serious winner and I will definitely make it again.

You can find the nutrition breakdown for the original recipe at the link listed above.

Here’s the breakdown for my version with the lentils: 

  • 475 calories, 21 gm protein, 16 gm fat, 66 gm carbohydrates, 16 gm fiber

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

high protein, vegan, pesto, quinoa, lentils

High Protein Vegan Pesto Zucchini Quinoa

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