Full of nutritious veggies and high-fiber quinoa, this salad is the perfect ‘easy-to-make’ meal for a healthy lunch on the go.
Bring a medium pot with several cups of water to a boil.
Rinse the quinoa and drain, then add to the boiling water and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and lay out on a baking sheet to steam dry for 10 minutes.
Place the Dainty Brown Basmati rice in a pot and cover with 1½ cups (375mL) water. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes. When done, spread out onto a baking sheet and allow to steam dry for 10 minutes.
Prepare the dressing by whisking together the vinegar, dijon, and maple syrup in a small bowl. While whisking, drizzle in the olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
In a bowl, mix together the diced cucumber, tomato, and carrot. In a separate bowl, stir together the quinoa and rice.
Prepare 4 clean 1L canning jars. Start by adding in 4 tbsp of the dressing. Add in the mixed cucumber mixture. Add in the black beans, followed by the grated zucchini or squash. Crumble in the feta. Add in a generous amount of the rice and quinoa mixture. Top with greens and the pumpkin seeds. Seal and refrigerate.