Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

The husband and I were looking for some quinoa recipes, and a friend shared a kale and quinoa salad recipe.  Of course I adapted it to what I had on hand, so it's basically a new recipe, but it was very good. 

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad


Ingredients
Mixed salad greens
1/2 cup quinoa 
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
1 bag frozen corn*
1/2 bell pepper (I used some red and green and shared leftovers with the kid who loves peppers)
1 lime
1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
pepper
sea salt
*I added corn to the recipe after Friend mentioned she sometimes uses it, because we like a lot of color and texture in our salads.  I used a bag of frozen corn because that's what I had, but a can of whole kernel corn (drained) would work, or you could use fresh corn, cut off the cob. 

Directions
1.  Cook quinoa according to instructions 
2.  Cook/heat corn through 
3.  Make Dressing by squeezing the juice of one lime and half a lemon into bowl and mixing with olive oil, garlic and salt/pepper to taste
4.  Toss salad greens with some of the dressing, then add beans, corn, quinoa and bell peppers.
5.  Drizzle with more dressing
6.  Yummy



We really liked this.  It would be delicious with fresh summer veggies, and makes a good "Meatless Monday" meal.  It's also very easy and quick to prepare, and it's healthy, so it's a great last minute, no-fuss meal.  Later that night I even snacked on what was left the main ingredients (no lettuce) all mixed together, and that tasted good too.  I'll definitely be making this again and experimenting with flavors with this one!







I'm still looking for good quinoa recipes, so if you have any, please share!

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