Mushroom, Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Champagne Chive Vinaigrette

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Mushroom, Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Champagne Chive Vinaigrette
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Total time 25 mins
This recipe creates two hearty main meal salads. When dressing the salad, add the chive vinaigrette a spoonful at a time so you don’t overdress. You should have extra dressing for another day or another salad.
Author: Ordinary Vegan
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
  • 2-4 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms, white or brown, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (recipe below)
  • 2 cups of fresh arugula
  • 4 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Combine the vinegar, mustard, water, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, pepper, chives and olive oil in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Transfer the dressing to a mixing bowl. Makes approximately one cup. Save extra dressing for salads.
To Prepare the Salad
  1. Place 2 tablespoons in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. When the broth starts bubbling, add the sliced mushrooms and dried basil. Allow the mushrooms to cook for a few minutes before adding garlic. Add garlic and cook mushrooms until golden brown adding more vegetable broth if sticking to pan. This usually takes 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Tear the arugula into bite-sized pieces and mix with the quinoa. Add a couple of tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Tossing and tasting. Add more vinaigrette if needed. I don’t like to overdress my salads.
  3. Distrubute equal portions of the quinoa arugula mixture to two salad plates. Top each with equal amounts of mushrooms. Drizzle with a little more vinaigrette. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped chives.
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Easy Quinoa
Cook time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins
Quinoa can be added to a variety of dishes including salads and soups. I like warm quinoa with nuts and fruits for breakfast. It is the perfect vegan superfood.
Author: Ordinary Vegan
Serves: 4-5
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh strainer and drained
  1. Place the water into a medium-size pot, add the bay leaf and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Add the quinoa and reduct the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 12-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Checking frequently. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and serve.
  3. Makes approximately 2½ cups.