Posts Tagged ‘Salad’

Oh My Gosh! I couldn’t stop eating it!!! I have only made quinoa once before. It was at one of my cooking club dinners. I liked it but it wasn’t until later that I learned of it’s amazing nutritional value. After finding out how good it was for you I added it to the list of rice/seeds/grains/legumes that I wanted to experiment with. The box of quinoa has been sitting in my cabinet for a couple of months now just waiting for it’s time to shine. Shine it did! This really hit the spot this evening. It was fresh, light, and tasty. The lime and cayenne complimented each other well. I just kept eating more of it and more of it. Good thing it is so good for you! The only thing I would do differently next time is add a little more of the dressing. If you are looking for an easy, tasty recipe to enjoy quinoa this is definitely a winner.

quinoa and black bean salad 3

Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Salad
adapted from American Institute for Cancer Research
1-1/2 cups quinoa
1-1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1-1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 small red onion minced
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil

Prepare quinoa per directions on package and allow to cool.

While quinoa is cooking, in a large bowl toss black beans with vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.

Add corn, bell pepper, onions, garlic, cayenne, and quinoa. Toss well.

In a small bowl whisk lime juice, salt, cumin. Add oil in a stream while whisking. Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper. Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.


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Tuna Pasta Salad

When summer comes around you will often find this salad on our dinner table. It is so simple and fast not to mention yummy! Well it is still winter here but the weather has been fairly warm here this past week, I needed a quick and simple meal since I had been in class all day, and my daughter requested it so here it is. To me it seems like such a simple recipe that I hesitated to blog it but part of the purpose of this blog is for my daughter to have a reference to find her favorite recipes when she is on her own. So simple or not it is one of her favorites so it has a place here. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

Tuna Pasta Salad by Me

1lb short pasta – we tend to use farfalle or wagon wheels
2 cans tuna – drained
1 1/2 bell peppers diced – we use random combinations of red, yellow, or orange. The more colorful the better I say
2 whole dill pickles diced
1 small red onion diced
1/2 cup of mayonaise – I always use Hellmans
salt and pepper to taste
I often add some capers but my daughter is not fond of them

cook pasta, drain, and run under cold water until the pasta is cold to touch
combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well


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