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Bowl of vegan roasted vegetables with quinoa

Roasted Rainbow Vegetables with Quinoa

A vibrant rainbow medley of vegetables roasted to perfection, then combined with nutrient-packed quinoa and a light garlic-balsamic dressing.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:45 mins
CourseMain Dish, Side Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings6 medium bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white quinoa (uncooked)
  • 12 oz. asparagus
  • 2 bell peppers (I use 1 orange + 1 yellow)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 12 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Salt to taste

For the garlic-balsamic dressing:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper*.
  • Cut asparagus into about 1 ½-inch pieces, woody ends removed. Cut bell peppers and onion into ¾-1 inch squares. Place on baking sheet. Add cherry tomatoes. Salt if desired.
  • Place in oven and roast for 25 minutes, or desired tenderness.
  • Meanwhile, cook the quinoa: place 1 cup quinoa (rinsed and drained) in a small saucepan with 1 ½ cups water or vegetable broth. Bring to a light boil over med-high heat. Then reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • When quinoa is done cooking, immediately place in a large bowl and toss with spinach. (The heat from the quinoa will lightly wilt the spinach.)
  • Pour dressing over quinoa and mix well to combine. Add roasted vegetables and stir.
  • Salt to taste (or add fresh basil, or a splash more balsamic if desired). Great served warm or chilled.

Notes

*For oil-free roasting, I place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking pan. Feel free to roast with a drizzle of oil if you prefer, however.
If you're not a fan of onions, you can omit or replace with another vegetable. (They're fairly strong in this recipe.)
Fresh basil is a great, flavorful addition as well.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 152 kcal | Carbohydrates: 28 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 547 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 2417 IU | Vitamin C: 70 mg | Calcium: 56 mg | Iron: 4 mg