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Quinoa and Two Bean Salad

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Quinoa and Two Bean Salad
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 4
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Fresh basil and red pepper sauce blend to make this a delicious cream-of-the-crop recipe.

Ingredients

Salad

1 1/2
cups frozen cut green beans
1 1/3
cups water
3/4
cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed, well drained
1
can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
1/4
cup sliced green onions (4 medium)
4
leaf lettuce leaves

Dressing

3
tablespoons lemon juice
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/4
teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
4
to 5 drops red pepper sauce

Directions

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, stir together green beans, water and quinoa. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix cooked quinoa mixture, cannellini beans and onions. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in small jar with tight-fitting lid, place dressing ingredients; shake well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 4 Just before serving, pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve on lettuce-lined plates.
Tips  

Quinoa (KEEN-wah) was called "mother grain" by the ancient Incas, with good reason.(And while today we know that quinoa isn't actually a grain, we still use it like one.) This rice-shaped edible seed is a complete protein and contains more protein than any other grain. Quinoa is also gluten free.

Uncooked quinoa has a bitter coating and therefore must be rinsed and drained thoroughly before cooking it.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
80
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
390mg
16%
Potassium
330mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
42g
14%
(
Dietary Fiber
9g
35%
,
Sugars
5g
)
Protein
12g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%
40%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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