Long gone are the days of having to stand in line somewhere to order a healthy meal. Now, you can grab your phone and do it without leaving your couch—let alone having to talk to someone. With nothing but a few taps, your food will be sent straight to your door. And according to new data, a hearty plant-based salad might be the way to go.
In a recent report from Grubhub analyzing over half a million orders placed via the platform, a couple different key findings stood out. First of all, the trendiest foods are still vegan and vegetarian options. Then as for the company’s forecast of what’s expected to be one of the buzziest menu items this summer, that’s none other than a simple—yet satisfying!—quinoa and arugula salad.
There are plenty of things to love about this combo. It not only hits the spot with your appetite, but it also offers quite the nutritional punch. “Arugula is one of my favorite greens because it has a peppery bite to it,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition. “Quinoa is a terrific addition, especially for vegetarians and vegans. It’s one of the few plant-based foods that’s a complete protein.” Combine three cups of the tart green with one cup of quinoa for 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber as well as nutrients like Vitamin C and potassium.
“I would personally pair the combo with a maple-Dijon dressing for some tang,” says Gorin. (Um, yum.) Whether you find the trendy summer salad nearby or make your own version at home, it’s safe to say it won’t disappoint. I mean it is superfood-status quinoa, after all.
Quinoa doesn’t just belong in your salad—it’s also great in your oatmeal. The next time you’re making it, be sure to use the “pasta method” so it’s perfectly-cooked every single time.
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