BM# 76: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Picnic Hamper
Dish: Quinoa Black bean Salad
My theme for this week's Blogging Marathon is recipes for a 'Picnic Hamper'. It's almost that time of the year where the weather is going to be picnic perfect. So I'm going to help you out a little bit with my picnic friendly dishes this week.First up is this colorful and healthy Quinoa black bean salad. This is a quick and easy to make dish that takes less than 30 minutes to put together. It is a great salad to serve at room temperature and can in fact benefit from it in terms of flavors getting a chance to mingle, which makes it perfect to bring to a picnic.
Adding black beans to quinoa gives a double dose of protein to this dish. You can sub black beans with chickpeas and may be add curry powder instead of ground cumin to give the dish an Indian twist. Or add some chopped dill, cucumber and feta cheese to make a Greek inspired salad.Today's recipe is adapted from this Superfood Black bean & Quinoa Salad. I made it quite a few times already and I love it. You can get as creative as you want with the number and variety of veggies added. I have tried the dish with grated carrot, finely diced cucumber, radish etc.,
Quinoa Black bean Salad
For the Salad:
- 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 oz. Canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 Medium Red Pepper, diced
- 4 Green Onions, chopped
- 2 Avocados, pitted and chopped
- 3 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
For the Dressing:
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- To taste Salt Pepper
- Bring 2cups of water and the quinoa in a small saucepan to a boil; lower the heat, cover the pan and cook till quinoa is cooked through. Let the quinoa cool slightly.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for dressing.
- Add the chopped veggies (except avocado), drained black beans and the cooked quinoa to the dressing. Mix gently and the set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
- Stir in chopped avocado right before serving to avoid discoloration.