Sunday, August 23, 2009

Black-Bean Quinoa Salad

I cooked again for my mother. This time I made black-bean quinoa salad. She loved it and wants the recipe!

Makes 4 cups

For the dressing:
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

For the quinoa:
1 cup dry quinoa
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 cups water or vegetable stock
1 12-oz can black beans, drained
1 large tomato, diced
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste


For the dressing:
Whisk all ingredients together and set aside

For the quinoa:
-Place the quinoa in a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain and set aside. (You can also buy the pre-washed and skip this step)
-Heat oil in saucepan over medium-low heat and add onion. Saute until transparent. Add garlic and saute another minute.
-Add quinoa, bay leaf and water or stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes (about 15 for pre-washed) or until quinoa is tender and fluffy. Remove from the heat.
-Remove bay leaf. Add black beans, tomato, cilantro and dressing then stir gently. Add salt and pepper if desired.

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