Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quinoa & Bean Salad

Quinoa. I was so far behind everyone jumping on the quinoa boat. I just hadn't jumped on board until one day... my friend had brought a quinoa salad to work. I took a sample of this salad and LOVED it.  It was a great salad with bright flavors, the perfect introduction to this lovely grain. I am a big quinoa fan now, and it's always on hand. 

This recipe is the one that my friend shared. You really can't go wrong with this. Even my reluctant husband has requested this dish. Yes... It's that good! I love using as many bright colored onions and peppers as possible to keep it pretty!

Quinoa and Bean Salad (Adapted from: The Cafe Sucre Farine)

1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups quinoa, cooked
1 15 oz can black beans
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup bell pepper, chopped (use as many colors as you have on hand... yellow, red, orange, or green)
3/4 cup cilantro, choppped

In small jar add lemon juice, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, honey, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper.  With tight fitting lid on jar, shake until vigorously for about 1 minute.

Combine remaining ingredients into large bowl. Add about half cup of the dressing, and toss to combine. Let set for at least 30 minutes, but a couple hours is better. Add remaining dressing as needed before serving.


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  1. We love quinoa and I did lots of salads for the lunch with this magic 'grain'. Yours looks so colourful and amazingly delicious.

  2. I love it as well and will definitely be trying this yummy looking salad! Looks fantastic:)!

  3. Yummy, I love the look of this salad. Thank You!!

  4. this is an extremely colorful and nutritious way to use quinoa! better late than never in this case--bravo! :)

  5. Looks very delicious and colourful Kris :)

  6. I'm late on the quinoa bandwagon, too, Kris! There are so many new grains that I'd love to try. But definitely going to give this lovely salad a try! : )

  7. What a great idea! I love a good quinoa salad and these flavors are some of my favorites. I cannot wait to try this!