Sunday, June 30, 2013

Easy Quinoa Salad

Have you noticed that most of my recipes are "Easy" or "Simple"???
I love these beautiful Kiddos!
That's because I enjoy healthy recipes that don't take 20+ingredients and hours to prepare.  This quinoa salad I made last week while I was in California.  My mom has been asking about simple, healthy recipes to make for the family.  AND, this recipe is a great source of vegetarian protein, healthy fiber and it's vegan if you use olive oil.

This recipe is for you Mom!
*Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture so you'll just have to imagine the yummy salad*
Just to tease you, here's a picture of my mom's 14 Karat Cake which is ONLY available in my cookbook
Mary's Real Food Cookbook .  My mom sent me on the plane with a giant piece of cake!
Easy Quinoa Salad

2 cups dry quinoa
4 cups water
1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)

1 can black beans (15-16 oz)
1 can whole kernel corn (small or large)
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 white onion (or red), finely chopped
cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper

Start by cooking your quinoa.  Boil water, add quinoa and butter/oil then simmer until fully cooked. Should take about 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.

While your quinoa is cooking prep the remaining ingredients and place in a large bowl.  Drain the beans and the corn before placing in your bowl.  Place the bowl with your ingredients into the refrigerator until your quinoa is cooled.

Add cooled quinoa and mix thoroughly.  Serve cool or cold!

There are several optional additions for this salad: sliced black olives, feta cheese, chopped jalapeno.

ENJOY!  Sharing this delicious creation at the Creative HomeAcre Hop and Tuesdays with a Twist
SELFIE while waiting at the airport!


  1. I just started eating quinoa about 4 months ago and I'm still learning how to use it in various dishes. I've actually put it in lettuce salads for texture and liked it. I can see how this cold salad would be good and so healthy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. I made a salad with quinoa, a few days ago, and it was very good. I want to make your combination. Quinoa is such a great addition to my cooking r and obviously, it is to yours, as well. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays.

  3. This sounds so yum. Can't wait to try it. I found you on Little House in the Suburbs Linky :)

  4. I really like quinoa but have been afraid to buy the super huge bag at Costco because I am not sure if I can be creative enough to use it all. I think I just need to take the plunge when I go next time (which needs to be here soon!).

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop- I hope you will join us again this Tuesday!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill


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