Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Nectarines

In my house, whether I am in North America or Italy, lunch usually is a big bowl of vegetable soup enriched with beans or grains, or a mixed salad that changes with the seasons. We tend to eat more salads in the summer when our garden is flourishing and I do not think I ever make the same salad twice. I like my salads to have lots of color, texture, and of course they also must taste great too. This hearty salad is a surprise in every bite from the sweet crunchy nectarine, to the tender black beans. Although I will give an exact list of ingredients, feel free to add or subtract and change anything you wish depending on what you have on hand or prefer. The only important thing to remember that you should dice your ingredients fairly small so they do not overpower the beans and quinoa.

If you are not familiar with it, quinoa is a remarkable ingredient and is not a grain, but a seed, so is gluten free. It is also a complete protein containing all 8 essential amino acids and is a good source of iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and folic acid so you can see why some consider it a superfood and why it is becoming more and more popular. Although quinoa is not easily found in Italy, I have recently discovered it being sold at local health food stores, as well as in the organic and health section of larger grocery stores. Quinoa can be found in many colors now, though I prefer the regular beige colored quinoa for salads such as this one.

This is a great summer salad to take on picnics as it is a complete meal in a bowl. It is also a good choice for dinner on those hot summer days when you do not feel like cooking as you can prepare the salad in the morning when it is cooler, and then refrigerate it until you need to serve it for dinner.

Why Healthy

  • Quinoa (aka Super Seed) is a gluten free seed that provides a complete protein as well as iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and folic acid.
  • Black beans are high in fiber and a good source of low fat protein.
  • Nectarines are low in calories and are naturally fat free, contain vitamin C and A which helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Nectarines are also a great source of antioxidants which can help protect the skin from damaging UV rays by counteracting free radical activity.

 

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Nectarines

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

1 Cup Quinoa
1 Can Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed
1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
1 Medium Cucumber, Peeled & Diced
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes, Quartered
3 Nectarines, Diced
1/2 Cup Parsley Leaves, Torn
1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Mint
Dressing:
Juice of 1 Large Lemon
1/3 to 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper To Taste

Directions:

In a saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
Cover the pot, and reduce the heat to simmer and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Spread the quinoa out on a plate and allow to cool.
Once cooled, mix together the quinoa, beans, and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently to mix.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
Taste, and add additional olive oil as needed.

 

40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!

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  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!

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  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.

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  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!

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  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.

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  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!

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  8. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

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  9. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m followong you on Pinterest now!

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  10. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

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  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.

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  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.

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  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.

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  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~

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  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.

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  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.
    Linda

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  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!

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  19. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.

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  23. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.

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  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol

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  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.

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  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…

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  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!

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  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest! :)

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  30. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!

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  31. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve tweeted about you and the contest!

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  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)

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  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I’ve liked” Recipe Rebuild on Facebook.

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  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!

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  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.

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  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.

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  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2

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  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    me again.. i did #3

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  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks

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  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.

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