Bean and Quinoa Salad with Avocado Dressing

Menu Part: 
Sauce
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
12

 

Team up healthy Quinoa wheat with great northern, kidney, pinto and black beans. Throw in some corn for a huge variety of colors, flavors and textures.

Yields: 12 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Prep Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Bush’s Beans mixture (Cannellini or Great Northern, Black, Kidney, Pinto), drained and rinsed, 3 cups Quinoa, cooked, 3 cups Grape tomatoes, halved, 3 cups Corn kernels, fresh, roasted, 2 cups Scallions, diced, 1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled, optional, 1 cup Avocado Cider Dressing (Yields 1-1/2 cups) Avocado, peeled and pitted, 1 large Shallot, 1 large Dijon mustard, 1-1/2 Tbsp Cider vinegar, 1/2 cup Canola oil, 1/2 cup Olive oil, 1/4 cup Fresh herb mixture, finely chopped (chives, parsley, cilantro), 1/4 cup Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Steps

  1. Combine beans, quinoa, corn, tomatoes, scallions and, if desired, feta cheese.
  2. Add Avocado Cider Dressing. Toss gently to coat. Cover salad. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. To serve: Place 1 cup baby salad greens on chilled plate. Top with 1 cup bean-quinoa salad. Accompany with herb-grilled chicken breast or fish filet over top of salad. Serve with extra Avocado Cider Dressing if desired.

To make Avocado Cider Dressing:

  1. In blender combine avocado, shallot, mustard and vinegar. Process until smooth. With motor running, slowly add oils until thickened and incorporated. Transfer dressing to a container with lid and stir in herbs. Season to taste. Cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before use. Use as directed above.

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