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Garlicky Tahini Sauce over Chard and Quinoa

(recipe, Vegetarian Times Editors)

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This is a delicious combination, and lemon gives it a bright tang.


  1. 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  2. 1¾ lb. Swiss chard, rinsed, dried, and chopped
  3. ½ tsp. salt, divided
  4. ⅓ cup tahini
  5. 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced (1 to 2 teaspoons)


  1. Make the quinoa: Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook without stirring, 15 to 20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
  2. Make the chard: Meanwhile, in a large pan, combine the chard with ⅓ cup water and ¼ tsp. salt. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook 4 minutes, or until the chard is tender.
  3. Make the tahini sauce: Put the tahini in a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice, garlic, and remaining ¼ tsp. salt. Gradually stir in 2 to 3 Tbsp. water to yield a sauce that's creamy but not runny.
  4. Serve the dish: Divide the quinoa into 4 mounds on individual plates. Using tongs, arrange the hot chard over the quinoa, then top with the tahini sauce.