Food on the go: artichoke and quinoa salad

Set on healthier habits but running out of salad options to throw together? Don’t panic. This grain-like Bolivian gem adds heaps of nutrition, not to mention protein to your office lunches. Keen-wa?

quinoa salad for work lunches

The nifty partitions in Sistema food containers mean the guacamole for your Mediterranean-inspired meal is fresh and handy as ever – a sure way to get a colleague all artichoked up with envy.

Ingredients (serves 4):

For the salad

2 cups quinoa
15ml NoMU Eqyptian Dukkah
1 tin artichokes
100g soft danish feta
1 tin black pitted olives
1 red pepper, cleaned and chopped into blocks
1 packet sugar snaps
1 pack wild rocket


1 avocado
250ml sour cream
2 garlic cloves
1 shallot, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Chilli Falksalt as optional extra


1. Prepare your quinoa as per the instructions on the pack (it will take approximately 15 minutes). When it’s ready, add the dukkah and mix through. If packing for your work lunch, put the quinoa in first.

Dukkah quinoa mix

2. Scatter the sliced artichokes, soft danish feta chopped into blocks, black pitted olives and chopped up red pepper over your quinoa.

Salad mix added to quinoa

3. Boil the kettle and pour the hot water over the sugar snaps and leave for 2 minutes. Drain off the water and add to your salad.
4. In a blender, add all the ingredients for the dressing and blend thoroughly. If you’re packing it for lunch tomorrow, put the dressing in the tiny salad dressing container to keep it fresh.

Salad dressing

5. If serving immediately, add the dressing, mix through and plate with a garnish of rocket.

Salad to go container from Sistema

Pack the rest of your salad into the food container of your choice, pop the dressing in its own little compartment and show the guys and girls at work just how easy and fuss-free a healthy lunch can be.

Work lunch in Sistema food containers

With thanks to Sybil Doms for her lovely styling and beautiful recipes.