Gluten Free California Quinoa Salad Collard Wraps with Edamame Pesto. A delicious vegan California Quinoa Salad all wrapped up in healthy greens. The pesto adds a punch of plant based protein which makes this a nutritious power lunch or picnic lunch!
Oh hey there May! You are secretly my favorite month. After April showers comes May flowers, right? Where did I first hear that saying? Sheesh… I’m old school. But really, May is lovely. It’s filled with so much GREEN and all things SALAD! Like this .. ahem… quinoa salad.
No really, May feels refreshing and I feel like we’re in a groove with this whole 9-5 job thing. Ya’ll, my husband is a stud and totally working his butt off with his new job. I couldn’t be prouder. Enter gushy wife syndrome…. *hugs, kisses, smiles, mwah!*
Yes, this groove is good. It’s a whole new life plan for us crazy Cotters! And my sherpa wife skills have returned. I secretly missed being one too even if it means a 5:30 am wake up call. I get the Coffee made and lunch packed. The kiwi swims or coaches swimming before work and sometimes after. Days are long but also very rewarding. Those longer days need some serious nutritious fueling. Fuel that is not too “heavy” that it makes you sleepy come 4pm. Working warriors, can you relate? I can see you nodding your head. YES!
We need the Quinoa Salad POWER LUNCH SPECIAL!
One of my new favorite Power lunch meals I’ve been making (for us both) are these California Quinoa Salad Collard Wraps with edamame pesto. It’s super light in texture but filling and packed with plant based protein.
It’s protein packed because ONE –> That little edamame bean can pack so much. And it makes an EPIC plant power pesto.
Heck to the YEA! Not sure if you knew, but I adore quinoa salad for this very reason. It’s such a powerhouse meal for our nutritional needs.
That being said, I’ve turned this powerhouse meal into a copycat meal. You know that amazingly addiction California Quinoa Salad from the Whole Foods Hot bar? Well, that’s what I’m copying. But I’m going to save you some money today cause this homemade one is just as delicious but more nutritious.
The collard wraps make this California quinoa Salad way more portable and won’t leave you with a soggy mess come lunch time.
The edamame Pesto pumps up the protein and fiber even more without having to add any extra meat, allow you are totally allowed to meat. Carnivores and Vegans can all get along, right?
But let’s focus on the plant today being that is it meatless Monday! And being that you now know my whole thought process behind this vegan meal. It’s like a marriage of flavors and protein to boot! Plus it’s EASY to make, great for meal prep, and allergy friendly!
Did I mention it’s a quinoa salad you can eat without a fork? That my friends, is magical.
Let’s power up and eat already! Mmm k?Print
Quick Tip NOTES –-> Make the quinoa ahead and ever EASIER by using a rice cooker. It’s so nice to just push one setting and leave it until it’s done. Same ratio of water/quinoa. You can also use broth instead of water to make it more flavorful.
Name one thing you love about May! Is that too corny? Nah!
Alright lovelies, whatcha making for meatless Monday?
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Favorite QUINOA SALAD or PLant Based Lunch? And go!