I'm a BIG fan of hearty and flavorful salad!
And I don't just mean the green kind. I love salads with fruits, grains, veggies, pasta and more!
When you get creative with what you have in your pantry and fridge, the possibilities are endless.
This Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad is one of my favorites. It's so simple you can whip it up in a flash and have it on hand for healthy grab-and-go meals all week long!
Boasting foods from the rainbow, it's colorful, flavorful, and full of hearty nutrients so that you can feel and function your best. And for my gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friends, you just can't beat the nutrient power of this tasty meatless 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!
3 scallions, finely sliced
1 C whole kernel corn (no salt added), rinsed
1 C black beans (no salt added), rinsed
3 bell peppers (red, orange and green or yellow), diced
1 C quinoa
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
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, prepare the marinade: combine juice of one lime, vinegar, olive oil, basil and garlic, seal and shake well until blended. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine scallions, corn, black beans and diced peppers.
Once the quinoa is done, cool slightly (or run under cold water to speed up the cooling process).
Next add the cooled quinoa to the black bean and corn mixture. Next add the marinade and stir to coat well as you blend all the ingredients together.
Chill salad in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days!
Eat and Enjoy!
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