Recipe: Quinoa Adzuki Salad :: Easy Like a Sunday Morning
Easy Like a Sunday Morning, that’s how the recipes in my “Easy” category will be. Nothing rushed or frantic, nothing with a long list of ingredients. Something that is so easy, you don’t really need a recipe. Something that almost cooks itself or requires no cooking at all.
The other day, I had one serious craving for Quinoa Salad. The last Quinoa Salad I remembered eating, was when I made this Quinoa Toasted Corn and Bean Salad.
There was some ripe for eating produce in the fridge and a handful of grape tomatoes I wanted to use up. I didn’t feel like roasting the corn, grape tomatoes, beans and pepitas, as in my old recipe. I wanted something quicker. Something that I could toss together and serve up in a jiffy.
This beautiful, yummy salad was the result. In the time it took for the quinoa to cook and cool for a bit, I was able to chop the vegetables and assemble the dressing.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free (option) | Egg Free | Refined Sugar Free | Real Food | Vegan | Vegetarian
- ½ Cup uncooked quinoa, well rinsed
- 1 Cup water
- 20 grape tomatoes, quartered
- ⅓ Cup fennel bulb, chopped
- ½ (14oz) can, about ¾ Cup cooked Adzuki beans, drained and rinsed, or beans of choice
- fresh romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
- 3 Tbsp olive oil or salad oil of choice
- 1 Tbsp unpasturized apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp cumin
- fresh ground pepper and sea salt, to taste
- avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
- small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
- ⅓ Cup feta cheese, crumbled
- In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa, cover and cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, set aside to cool.
- While quinoa is cooking and cooling, place rinsed beans in a medium size bowl. Add chopped tomatoes and fennel.
- In a small bowl, assemble the dressing.
- Once quinoa is cool, add it to the bowl with the bean mixture. Drizzle dressing over top, toss to blend. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve, assemble lettuce leaves in the bottom of a serving plate or bowl. Top with the salad mix, garnish with avocado slices, cilantro and feta cheese if desired.
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