Larb is a classic salad with roots in Laos and Thailand. It typically features seasoned ground meat and lots of herbs and vegetables, but our healthy vegetarian version swaps red beets for meat, reduces the sodium by adding more lime juice and makes it more substantial by serving it as part of a grain bowl. Spoon it over lettuce for a lighter take.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place rice in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until well-toasted and starting to pop, 5 to 8 minutes. Grind to a fine powder in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Set aside.

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  • Combine quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  • Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons water, lime juice, scallions, cilantro, fish sauce, brown sugar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.

  • Heat oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add beets and cook, stirring, until almost tender, about 4 minutes. Add the ground rice and 1/2 cup of the sauce. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes.

  • To serve, divide the quinoa among 4 bowls and top with the beet larb, cabbage, cucumber, herbs and carrot. Drizzle with the remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts

279.2 calories; protein 8.2g 16% DV; carbohydrates 42.9g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 7.1g 28% DV; sugars 10.7g; fat 9.6g 15% DV; saturated fat 0.8g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 3561.7IU 71% DV; vitamin c 20.3mg 34% DV; folate 180mcg 45% DV; calcium 91.3mg 9% DV; iron 4.1mg 23% DV; magnesium 118mg 42% DV; potassium 683mg 19% DV; sodium 790.4mg 32% DV; added sugar 2g.