Vegan Olive Quinoa Salad makes for the perfect light and refreshing meatless meal. Made with only seven ingredients, (including the magical Castelvetrano olive) and ready within minutes. This is the light holiday meal you’ve been looking for. Gluten Free too
What are your thoughts on olives? Love them of hate them? The crowd seems to always split when you bring up the topic of olives. It seems that this is one food that people consistently feel very strongly about. Some people love love love olives, and others simply can’t stand them.
Can you guess which group I belong to?
The lover of all things olive related of course!
It couldn’t be any other way right? I mean being the food and wine lover than I am, I was always bound to be obsessed with olives and while I always thought I loved them I didn’t really know what olive love meant until I came across the Castelvetrano olive.
This is far and away the best olive ever (in my opinion of course). I first discovered these mild, and gentle green olives while on a US road trip last year. D and I had just picked up my other two cousins from the airport – the had flown in on Christmas Eve to spend two weeks traveling around California with us, and luckily right outside of San Francisco, my other cousin lives. What could be better than a cousin filled Christmas?
It was at said cousin’s house that I first tried this magical olive. Naturally we were all drinking plenty of wine as our Christmas Eve starter and my cousin was serving olives to go with our drinks.
Talk about the best wine appetizer ever. This little green olive is just about the best thing ever. If you have any olives haters in your life, send them to me so I can change their minds with just one bite of the Castelvetrano olive. This is unlike the standard super strong green olives of your past. This Italian olive is mild, gentle and tender. Nothing compares to this.
It is simply magic in your mouth. Perfect with wine. Perfect without wine. Shines on its own or in the dish. This specific type of olive I have only recently started to notice in the grocery stores, and lucky for us the guys over at Mezzetta have been nice enough to bring this awesome little olive to your standard US supermarket (I bought mine at Walmart).
The guys over at Mezzetta are into the holiday spirit this time of year and running a Sweepstakes where the grand prize winner gets a print digital camera and olive lover’s gift basket, while 10 runner ups will receive an olive lover’s gift basket. You have until Dec 31 to enter so get going!!
Or if giveaways aren’t your thing, get yourself over to a store stat so you can get yourself a jar of olives and start cooking. If you can’t tear yourself away from just gobbling up these olives straight from the jar I wouldn’t blame you.
If you want to start incorporating these olives into your daily routine, start with this vegan quinoa olive salad. Only seven ingredients are required for this recipe – we’ve got cooked quinoa, sliced hearts of palm, chopped olives, lettuce, cilantro, lime zest and juice and olive oil.
The perfect one pot weeknight meatless meal. Refreshing, light, and hearty. The olives blend perfectly with the tender hearts of palm and fluffy quinoa.
The ultimate feel good meal, necessary around the holidays to break up all the indulgent feasting!
Vegan Olive Quinoa Salad makes for the perfect light and refreshing meatless meal. Made with only seven ingredients and ready within minutes. This is the light holiday meal you've been looking for. Gluten Free too
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup Mezzetta Castelvetrano olives
- 1 15 ounce can heart of palm, drained and thinly sliced
- 1 head lettuce
- 1 lime, zested
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- handful cilantro, chopped
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt to taste.