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Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with Green Thai-Style Dressing

Author Izy


Green Thai-Style Dressing (makes excess):

  • roughly 1 cup coriander , (cilantro), loosely packed / a large handful, stems and all
  • 1- inch piece of ginger , , peeled (use a spoon to scrape off the skin)
  • 1/4 red chilli , (or more to taste)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp dried lemongrass , (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple juice , , pomegranate juice or more coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp brown miso paste

For the salad:

  • 3 tbsp Green Thai-Style dressing , (above)
  • 1 sweet potato , , peeled + cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 small carrot , , grated, julienned or spiralised
  • handful of pomegranate seeds , (optional)
  • large handful of baby spinach leaves
  • coconut oil
  • salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F). Place a dollop of coconut oil onto a baking tray and put into the oven to melt (about 2 minutes). Meanwhile peel and cube the sweet potato then throw onto the baking tray and toss, covering it with the melted coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Place all of the dressing ingredients into a blender and whizz up into a smooth sauce. Pour into a lidded jar and chill until needed. (This recipe makes excess dressing).
  • While the sweet potato is cooking, put the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse. Then tip into a small pot along with 2/3 cup (160 ml) water. Season with a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave it to sit, covered for 5 minutes.

Assemble the salad in a jar:

  • 1st layer - 3 tbsp dressing
  • 2nd layer - carrot
  • 3rd layer - quinoa
  • 4th layer- sweet potato
  • 5th layer - pomegranate
  • 6th layer - as much spinach as you can pack in!
  • Screw on the lid and chill until needed.
  • Wehn you're ready to eat: shake the salad out of the jar into a bowl, or when assembling pack the layers loosely in a larger jar so you can dig straight in!