Red Bean and Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Monday, August 13

This Weekend was great fun, but not very healthy!  

Two 3O th Birthday Parties, and one of my best friends here from South Africa for the weekend did not result in the most nutritious dietary intake....

Hence this evening I felt like something that ranked a little higher up in the freshness and nourishment stakes.

And I've been dying to try this Organic Tricolor Quinoa that I bought last weekend.  

As I've mentioned before here, Quinoa is very good for you, and I am a big fan.

Red Bean and Vegetable Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups (1 can) cooked red beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse well
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced OR 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced, OR 1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 carrot, peeled, halfed lengthwise, sliced thin diagonally
1 cup chopped fresh yellow or green beans
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 medium ripe tomato
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup sliced olives
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or basil
1/4 cup chopped scallions

3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh ground pepper

The quinoa can be made ahead of time and refrigerated
Rinse quinoa and drain through a large fine mesh strainer
Place in a 2 qt pot with 1 1/2 c. water and 1/2 tsp salt

Bring to a full boil, cover tightly, turn down to low, and cook for 15 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to sit 5 minutes covered
Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and set aside to cool

If using canned beans, drain, rinse and set aside to drain
Sauté jalapeno, fresh garlic, in 1 tsp olive oil until garlic is slightly browned
Add the celery, carrot, green beans, green & red peppers and sauté 5 minutes

Add the cumin and coriander, cook and stir 2 minutes
Blend dressing ingredients with a whisk or shake in a jar

Add quinoa, black beans, sautéed veggies, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh minced cilantro or basil, scallions, to a large bowl

Pour on dressing and stir gently to combine. Adjust salt and pepper to taste

I added some feta cheese too.

Serve quinoa salad warm, or cover and chill.

And Enjoy!

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