“Use What You Have” Quinoa Bean Salad {recipe}

quinoa bean salad

If you’re looking for a quick, 20 minute eat clean lunch or dinner idea, you’ve found it!

The great thing about this dish is that it’s never the same thing twice. The idea is to use items you currently have, which might not always be the same.

The basics of the salad are quinoa, beans, and vegetables.

For the salad I made the other day, I included:

3 cups cooked quinoa
1 can black beans
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1 small carrot, grated
2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice


1. Cook quinoa in pot. Essentially you cook it like rice. Place the uncooked quinoa in a pot. Add double the amount of water. Put a lid on the pot. Bring to a boil then immediately reduce to low. Let cook for 15 minutes or until there is no water left.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your veggies.

3. Add all ingredients together.

quinoa bean salad

Ideas for other things to add:

Other beans, such as red kidney beans, lentils, black eyed peas, navy bean, pinto beans
Canned corn
Green beans
Sweet peppers, green, yellow, orange
Green onions

You could also add more and/or different spices depending on the taste you are looking for.

What else would you put in the salad? What am I missing?

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