Updated: Feb 26
I must admit I'm a BIG fan of good salad!
And I don't just mean the green kind. I love salads with grains, fruits, veggies, pasta and more! When you get creative with your fixings the possibilities are endless.
This Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad is one of my favorites. It's so simple, colorful, flavorful, and nutrient dense with a nice balance of protein ,carbs, and healthy fats to keep you going strong. For my gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friends, you just can't beat the nutrient power of this tasty salad!
Did you know.... Quinoa is a whole grain that is an excellent source of of magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, folate, copper and iron. It's even a good source of protein and dietary fiber! Yes, quinoa is a complex carb you can feel good about!
Juice of 1 lime (approximately 1 Tbsp.)
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. sweet dried basil
2 Tbsp. minced cilantro, fresh
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 scallions, finely sliced
1 C whole kernel corn
1 C black beans, rinsed
1 orange pepper (or red, yellow), diced
1 C quinoa
In a small to medium saucepan bring 2 C water to a boil, add quinoa and reduce to low to simmer for approximately 15 minutes (or until all water is absorbed).
While quinoa is preparing, in a small sealable container (such as a small tupperware bowl) combine juice of lime, vinegar, olive oil, basil and garlic - shake well until blended and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine scallions, corn, black beans and diced pepper.
Once quinoa is done, allow to cool slightly (or run under cold water to speed up the cooling process).
Scoop cooled quinoa into large bowl containing corn and bean mixture, add lime mixture and stir to coat well.
Chill salad for at least 1 hour before serving.
Eat and Enjoy!
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