Quinoa Salad

   August 22, 2015   No Comments on Quinoa Salad

I absolutely love to host get togethers but always am looking for healthy yummy crowd pleasing dishes.  This Quinoa Salad fits all my required criteria:  Yummy!  Easy to make!  Makes a lot!  Can be made ahead of time!

Quinoa Salad
Serves 10 (1 cup each)

Ingredients:
1/3 cup fresh lime or lemon juice
1 T ground cumin
1 T salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups water
2 cups dry quinoa, rinsed
1 medium red bell pepper
1 medium yellow bell pepper
1 medium orange bell pepper
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:
1) Combine lime juice, cumin, salt, olive oil in a large bowl, whisk.  Add black beans.  Set aside
2) Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
3) Add quinoa.  Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Remove from heat.  Set aside.
4) Dice peppers and cilantro, add to the bean mixture that is in a large mixing bowl.  You need extra space as this is a large recipe.  Toss till combined.  Add in cooled quinoa and mix gently.  Enjoy!

This salad is best if chilled for a few hours to cool completely.  It stays well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.  This recipe is adapted from the Fixate Cookbook.

If you are following the 21 day fix or 21 day fix extreme each serving counts as 1 green, 2 yellows and 1.5 tsp.

Feel free to share with friends and let me know what you think!

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