Have you ever seen a terrarium with succulents so plump and colorful you felt like you could eat them? Well, now you can do just that by making your own edible terrarium quinoa salad bowl! We decided to impress our friends by disguising a protein-packed quinoa bowl as a little terrarium.
Ingredients for Terrarium Quinoa Salad Bowl
Time: 15-20 Minutes Serves: 1 person per bowl
There are countless ways you can make your own terrarium salad. Use your creativity in choosing ingredients and share your photos with us! Here are the ingredients we used:
- Garbanzo beans (or other large beans)
- Black beans (or other medium sized beans)
- Two colors of quinoa (one dark and one light)
- Mini-zucchini (or other small firm green veggies)
- Strawberries (for making a cactus flower!)
- Dressing of choice
Filling in the ‘Terrarium’ Base
Layer in your ingredients for the base. Add the largest beans in the bottom to look like the larger drainage rocks in the bottom of a terrarium, and then add a layer of medium sized beans to act as a layer of soil. Finally, layer in your quinoa which acts like the smooth sand at the top of your terrarium. In between the layers is when you should add your dressing of choice to boost the flavor.
Creating Your Succulents
This is where you can get creative. We made an easy avocado flower and then made a little standing cactus out of a zucchini and a strawberry. If you have any carving tools at home, they will work much better than regular kitchen knives. Google succulents and see if you can imagine some new ways to make your own edible versions. We also used some mushrooms and broccoli rabe to complete our scenery.
Assembling the Edible Terrarium
All that’s left is to plant your little succulents into the soil of your terrarium and watch them grow. Just kidding, time to eat! Serve your terrarium quinoa salad bowl next to a real one and see if your guests can tell the difference! We would love to see what you all come up with, so post photos of your finished terrarium salad bowls in the comments below.