black bean quinoa salad

This protein packed salad is a meal in and of itself.

The mixture of vegetables, fruit, nuts, quinoa and black beans culminates in a dish that hits every level of food chart, in a way that would make dieticians smile.

The flavor of walnuts also compliments the inherent nuttiness of the South American grain, and adding a creamy texture in every bite.

black bean quinoa salad
Yield: 4 Servings

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This protein packed salad is a meal in and of itself. The mixture of vegetables, fruit, nuts, quinoa and black beans culminates in a dish that hits every level of food chart, in a way that would make dieticians smile. The flavor of walnuts also compliments the inherent nuttiness of the South American grain, and adding a creamy texture in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 sweet white onion, minced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the dressing ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Drizzle over the salad.
  3. Insert the salad in to the fridge to chill until serving. Add a chicken breast or grilled fillet over top of the salad for a variation on the simple dish.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 448Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 0mgSodium 579mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 13gSugar 8gProtein 15g

 

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at www.samanthalowe.com/blog. A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

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