Monday, June 29, 2015

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado and Cumin-Lime Dressing

This is my favorite summer salad....ok, it's an all year round staple in my house!  I found the recipe here and pretty much stick to it.  The only changes I make are the bell peppers - I use whatever I have in my fridge and that's usually a variety.  I also don't necessarily eat this with chips and a beer like suggested in the recipe, although it would be the perfect pairing.  I usually eat mine as a side salad to lunch or dinner.  

If you aren't familiar with quinoa (keen-wah),  it is a protein-packed grain that contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them.

It is naturally gluten-free and is an excellent substitute for rice and pasta.  It can also be ground into a flour and can be used in baking recipes.  
I buy a bag of quinoa from Costco, but you can purchase it at your local grocery store.  It should be with the rice and pasta. 
What makes this recipe is the dressing.  I usually use 2 limes and add an extra dash of cumin :-)  I have just recently starting using doTerra oils so I'm excited to try the Cumin oil next time I make this recipe.....which will probably be next week.  

 I measure my salad, after it's mixed, in a green container and count it as 1 yellow.  If you want to be 100% accurate, keep the ingredients separate and fill your containers and then mix together.  I'm too lazy for that.  The only thing you want to make sure of is that you don't overload on the avocado, if you do, make sure you count a blue.  If you want to keep them separate, make sure you mix the dressing with everything - use some on the veggies and then use some with the quinoa and black beans.

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