Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl

Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl -- full of delicious superfoods, and topped with almonds and a sesame vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.comThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Ever since returning from our road trip to the Eaux Claires music festival last weekend, I’ve been on a mission to eat As Many Vegetables As Possible.  Because, oh my goodness…

Bon Iver?  Sufjan Stevens?  The National?  The Staves?  Elliot Moss?  The Lone Bellow?  Charles Bradley? Sturgill Simpson?  Sylvan Esso?  The Tallest Man On Earth?  And — my new fav — Polica?

Yes, please.

Two days spent outside in 90-degree heat without shade?  With more beer tents than I could count, yet mile-long lines for an extra-healthy selection of cheese fritters and funnel cakes and snow cones?  Followed by a midnight run to the university cafeteria where we encountered a very nutritious “mac and cheese” pizza?

Mmmm, let’s just say that vegetables and music festivals apparently don’t go together in Wisconsin.

So, as soon as I returned home, I made a mega run to Trader Joes and made it my mission to load up the cart with all things green.  One of the resulting recipes was this easy quinoa bowl that was packed with tons of delicious superfoods, and topped with an easy Asian vinaigrette, and ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

I call it — super-good.

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As you can see, this bowl is literally overflowing with many of my favorite seasonal superfoods — steamed broccoli, sliced avocado, chopped kale, edamame, and quinoa galore.  And since I decided to top it with an easy sesame vinaigrette, I thought it only appropriate to throw in one of my favorite obsessions snacks as of late…
Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl -- full of delicious superfoods, and topped with almonds and a sesame vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

SRIRACHA ALMONDS!!!

Oh my goodness, I cannot get enough of these guys lately.  I brought them along on said road trip to Wisconsin, and let’s just say that they were one of the only things keeping me awake on the final stretch of our 8-hour drive home after a very long weekend.  So. Freaking. Good.  And also, guaranteed to wake you up a little.  ;)

So I added some into the quinoa bowls for some protein and a little extra “kick”…

Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl -- full of delicious superfoods, and topped with almonds and a sesame vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

…then drizzled a simple vinaigrette over the bowls…Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl -- full of delicious superfoods, and topped with almonds and a sesame vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

…and a beautiful, delicious, and oh-so-green dinner was served.

Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl -- full of delicious superfoods, and topped with almonds and a sesame vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

I absolutely loved this meal.  So fresh, so full of flavor, and — as my friend, Kathryne, likes to say — definitely a “feel-good” kind of meal.

Oh veggies, I missed you.  :)

Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl

This Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl is loaded up with fresh green superfoods, topped with a simple sesame vinaigrette, and sprinkled with Sriracha almonds.

Ingredients:

Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cooked quinoa*
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, florets removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Almonds (I used Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds)
  • 1 batch Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette (see below)
  • toasted sesame seeds or chia seeds, for garnish

Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored cooking oil (i.e. vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave, to make this vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Directions:

Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil (while the quinoa is cooking in a separate pan).  Add broccoli florets and cook for 1-2 minutes until tender and vibrant green.  Remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a separate plate and set aside.  Add shelled edamame to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the plate with the broccoli.

Meanwhile, add the kale to a large mixing bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette.  Use your hands to massage the vinaigrette into the kale for 1-2 minutes, or until the kale is soft and turns a darker green.  Set aside.

Once your quinoa is cooked, portion it out equally among 4 serving bowls.  Top each with equal portions of the broccoli and edamame, kale, sliced avocado, and almonds.  Then drizzle each equally with the vinaigrette, and sprinkle with sesame seeds or chia seeds for garnish.  Serve warm.

*I recommend cooking quinoa in chicken or vegetable stock for extra flavor.  See my tutorial here for how to cook quinoa.

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  1. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] — July 27, 2015 @ 5:30 am (#)

    I know exactly what you mean when you say you want to get back on track! I’ve been traveling for work for a couple weeks straight, and I would pretty much give anything to get back on my normal, veggie-filled eating schedule. I love this idea, and the dressing sounds delicious! I’ll definitely try this when I get back!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 10:16 pm

      Thanks Alexa, we hope you enjoy! :)

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 27, 2015 @ 7:06 am (#)

    I loved all of your snaps from your road trip!!! Hope you’re having a great summer pretty lady! PS: I miss you.

  3. Cady | Wild Heart of Life — July 27, 2015 @ 7:49 am (#)

    Oh my YUM! I love savory flavored almonds! The wasabi ones are my kryptonite. Eaux Claires sounds amazing and I cannot believe so many amazing artists were in one place and you got to see them! I love how gave this a bowl a bit of an Asian flavors theme. I am definitely putting this dressing on my bowl today!  (Sorry for all the exclamation points, this is a very exciting post)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 10:15 pm

      Us too, Cady, and we are right with you not he wasabi almonds, omg! We hope you enjoy the bowl! :)

  4. Erin @ The Almond Eater — July 27, 2015 @ 8:19 am (#)

    I am uhhhhbsessed with the sriracha almonds–this looks like an awesome weeknight meal! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 10:13 pm

      Thanks Erin, we hope you enjoy!

  5. Emily @ Layers of Happiness — July 27, 2015 @ 9:33 am (#)

    I am loving this feel-good veggie bowl! All those green veggies make me so happy! Pinned!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

      Thanks Emily, we hope you enjoy!

  6. Heidi @foodiecrush — July 27, 2015 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Looks healthy enough to eat! Although that mac n cheese pizza sounds pretty divine too :) Glad you got out and had fun, it’s what summer is all about!

  7. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb — July 27, 2015 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    We just got back from a week in Vegas 0_0 so I totally agree with the feeling of needing ALL THINGS GREEN. This is a wonderful greeeeeen option for our meal plan this week…THANKS~<3

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 9:52 pm

      How fun Brittany! And thanks, we hope you enjoy this one!

  8. Ashley — July 27, 2015 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    I live in Eau Claire :) Our summers are too short to worry about moderation when it comes to events. During the week we tend to eat a lot of farmer’s market veggies and go on long walks, but on the weekends that all goes out the window. Glad you had fun despite the hot days and the storm that rolled through!

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

      Your town is amazing!! We absolutely loved the fest. :)

  9. Josh | The Kentucky Gent — July 27, 2015 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    Sriracha almonds?! Shut your pretty little mouth. 

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    https://thekentuckygent.com

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 9:49 pm

      lol Just wait until you try them (it’s hard to stop)!

  10. Chicago Jogger — July 27, 2015 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    So beautiful & green – I need this salad bowl in my life asap! Those almonds look pretty tasty too :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

      Thank you, we hope you love it! :)

  11. Ashley | the Pike Place Kitchen — July 27, 2015 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    sounds like EXACTLY what i need after a few weeks of… pizza and bagels and all the NYC carbs… will the novelty of the amazing food in the city ever wear off?  i hope so… for my waistlines sake….

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 29th, 2015 @ 10:00 am

      Oh man, NYC truly does have the best carbs, and I’ve been there a zillion times, and the novelty hasn’t worn off for me either. ;) We hope you enjoy the quinoa bowl!

  12. Leslie — July 28, 2015 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    YUM! I can’t wait to try this! I love all things green, and I know what you mean about craving veggies after a few days (or weeks!) of junk food. 
    Reminds me of one of my favorite quinoa/veggie combos: https://passthelemons.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/roasted-vegetable-quinoa-bowl/

  13. Beth R. — July 30, 2015 @ 9:23 am (#)

    I made this last night and it was amazingly delicious!!  My husband loved it too!  Thank you for sharing pinned for future meals!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 30th, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

      Thanks Beth, we’re so glad it was a hit with you and hour husband — thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

  14. Tam — August 2, 2015 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    Just have a question, how do you eat this for later? Sorry for the silly question, just wondering do you warm it up or leave it cold? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 7th, 2015 @ 11:48 am

      Not a silly question at all! We’d suggest heating it up (except for the avocado) – when you make it the first time, just use the amount of avocado you’d like for that serving, then add fresh when you are wanting to eat the leftovers. We hope that answered your question!

  15. Kate — August 3, 2015 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    Look great – I am actually making this for dinner tonight! Sadly, though, the grocery store I went to had every variety of Blue Diamond almonds EXCEPT the siracha, so that was a bummer. :-( I’m sure it’ll be good anyway!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4th, 2015 @ 10:59 pm

      Aww, what a bummer! Well we hope you enjoyed the recipe anyway!

  16. Jeanne — August 27, 2015 @ 6:14 am (#)

    Hi, I am confused as to where the kale goes. Does it go under the quinoa or over with the other green veggies?
    Thanks,
    Jeanne

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

      Oops, typo – thanks for catching that! The kale goes with the other green veggies. Enjoy! :)

  17. Beth R. — August 31, 2015 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    If you were to pack this for lunch the next day, how would you suggest doing so?  I would love to make this ahead and pack for the week.

  18. Amanda — September 29, 2015 @ 8:05 pm (#)

    This looks amazing!  Any idea of the calorie count–even a rough estimate?  Just so I can determine how much I can eat at once.  :-)  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 29th, 2015 @ 10:29 pm

      Thanks Amanda, we hope you’ll like it! We’re really not sure, but we can’t imagine this has that many calories though, as it’s super healthy and full of healthy fats. We hope that helps!

  19. Steph — February 8, 2016 @ 4:02 pm (#)

    Love this recipe! Making it tonight for dinnernandni already know I’m going to love it. I generally make vegetarian recipes 2-3 times a week for my family of 5 so we already had all these ingredients in hand. I’m in love with Asian dressings, and so excited to add it to the salad. Thanks for sharing!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 9:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Steph — we hope you enjoy! :D

  20. Ryan — July 1, 2016 @ 8:18 am (#)

    This combines all of my favorite super foods. I also loved the taste of the sauce with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Looking forward to more similar types of bowls!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2nd, 2016 @ 7:11 am

      Thanks Ryan — we’re glad you enjoyed it!