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This salad is jam packed with protein (from the quinoa, black beans & chickpeas) and light & healthy & delicious. The ingredients here are all optional – as is the case with all salads. This recipe makes an enormous party-sized quantity so – either be prepared to feed a lot of people or to eat it every day for a while – or cut the recipe in half. Do not dress the whole salad & do not add avocado until you are serving it. That way – the salad will keep longer. UPDATE 4-18-16: Without the avocado & dressing on it – this salad stayed fresh in my fridge for a full week.
Vegan Protein-Packed Red Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Arugula & Citrus-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes a boatload of salad – at least enough for 6 as an entree – more as a side
for the salad
(these quantities are very flexible – so make your salad to taste)
3-4 cups cooked red (or other) quinoa (cooked according to directions & cooled)
1 English cucumber – diced
1 cup chopped cherry (or other) tomatoes (I used heirloom)
1 15-oz can black beans – drained & rinsed
1 15-oz can chickpeas – drained & rinsed
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 red bell pepper – seeded & diced
3 scallions – sliced
1 cup corn (fresh cut from the cob is best but I used frozen)
1/2 red onion – diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
Avocado (as much or as little as you like – I used 1/2 avocado per serving) – cubed & lime juice squeezed on it
Arugula (optional – as a bedding)
for the citrus-balsamic vinaigrette
5 TBS of juice from lemons & limes (use either one or a combo of both for a total of 5 TBS)
1-3 garlic cloves – minced
2 TBS white (or other) balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 cup cilantro – chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp cumin
S&P to taste
Cook & cool your quinoa. You can even rinse it in cold water & drain it to cool it quickly.
Whisk the dressing together & season to taste.
Toss all the salad ingredients – EXCEPT the avocado & arugula – and stir to combine.
If using arugula – put some on plates. Top with quinoa salad & drizzle with dressing. Top with avocado.
Shove it in your face & feel strong & healthy!