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Quinoa Salad Bento Box

Posted on March 22, 2010 by Debra

It seems like I’ve been dragging my feet to uphold my end of the bargain and recreate the winning recipe from our recent “M4SB Giveaway” winner Lauren (Lumi)!    But I promise it was just me being a “space-cadet”… do people still use that “term of endearment”? :)

Anyhow I looked forward to this bento because it’s vegetarian and  gosh darn it… why does Saba Man always get to eat all the cool stuff?  This one is MINE!  

Here’s Lauren’s winning submission!

purple: Quinoa salad with parsley
red: Mini omelettes with diced tomato
green: Daikon radish and carrot
yellow: Lightly salted edamame

I interpreted the quinoa salad to contain olive oil, garlic, pepper, and parsley.  Very tasty!   I added a slice of watermelon radish to add a just a bit of color (hope you don’t mind Lauren)   The omelette is layered between chopped tomatoes and seasoned simply with a light splash of shoyu.  And last but not least steamed and shelled edamame with toasted sesame seeds and salt.

I look forward to my lunch tomorrow!  

You know, besides having the chance to give away a very cool bento box, I enjoy recreating the recipes… so much fun to try things that I would never of thought to pack!  So thank you everyone for participating. 

 Here’s the link back to the original post in case you want to see all 277 entries!

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  1. Lil'chan says:

    Wow, looks great! Hope it will taste as good as it looks like ;)

  2. Lia Chen says:

    You’ve done it very well Debra! Nice presentation and colors for this M4SB :)

  3. Dear Debra!
    This bento is so beautiful that hubbie might be a bit embarrassed when his colleagues discover it! LOL
    Great design!

    • Debra says:

      Hello Robert-Gilles! Hahaha… good one! Thank you for your supportive comments. Cheers!

  4. Lyndsey says:

    This does look good. I love the watermelon radish star in both boxex. That one would fill me up, and you wouldn’t even notice that it’s vegetarian, I like that too. Very nice job well done!

  5. Marisa says:

    How delicious does that look. You can do pretty and tasty so well. I so want one of those M4SB. Still haven’t found one. One day.

  6. Again a wonderful bento. I love how the vibrant green of the edemame peeks out of the star radish. I never saw that watermelon radish IRL … you always come up with the most amazing foods. I think I should move to your end of the globe for some veggie shopping :-)

    Oh and I passed the Sunshine Award to you as well. feel free to pick it up on my blog

    @marisa : I found my M4SB on ebay and the seller still has 10 of them available (

    • Debra says:

      Hi Ingrid! How sweet of you to pass the award to me and thank you for your nice comments. I am fortunate to live in an area that promotes healthy eating and the growing of vegetables! Glad to to see you found a source for the M4sB!

  7. sheri says:

    Looks wonderfully well-balanced and pretty once again! Glad you get to enjoy it this time!

  8. gamene says:

    lovely colors and tasty ingredients… another smashing success with the M4SB! i love seeing everyone’s ideas for this box, and i love your execution!

    • Debra says:

      Hi Megan, Thank you. Yes, I love hosting the challenges and giveaways to see other bentoist’s creativity and “steal” their ideas! (my plan is working) :P

  9. I love quinoa! Looks delicious!

  10. Jenn says:

    Amazing! What a fun way to try out new things in your bento :D You did a great job!

    • Debra says:

      Hi Jenn, Yes, my motivation for the challenges is to be inspired by others and experiment with new recipes! Thank you!

  11. Lexi says:

    Looks delicious! I keep meaning to try quinoa, and this might just inspire me to give it a go!

    • Debra says:

      Thanks Lexi! Yes, please give quinoa a try it’s a yummy change from rice or beans or pasta!

  12. bentobird says:

    So pretty, I can only echo the admiring comments above!

  13. KatyCrayon says:

    I just thought this was so cute: my puppy is sitting on my lap, and when she saw the picture of this bento, her tail started wagging like crazy and she kept trying to get to the computer screen to lick it! True story!

  14. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my recent post :) I love your blog, too and am actually a long time reader – first time commenter! Haven´t managed to make myself a picture worthy bento lunch yet- really looking forward to it! Have a wonderful day!

    • Debra says:

      My pleasure Melissa! I love your blog. Thank you for commenting I really appreciate it. I can’t wait to see a photo of you bento lunch someday!

  15. tatabonita says:

    Wow, it sounds healthy and of course it’s multicolor Debra :D

  16. Julie says:

    Wow, that looks super yummy and fresh! Loving the colour combinations!

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