Bikini season is here so time for me to put ‘fun’ food to the side and embrace healthy eating. Yay! Also because I get bored quickly with food I’m attempting to make healthy eating exciting and delicious so here’s the first of many salad recipes to come.
Southwest Quinoa Salad
1 can black beans
1 can corn kernels (not creamed corn!)
1 orange bell pepper chopped
3 tomatoes chopped (if you want to make it more simple use 1 cup of salsa)
4 green onions chopped
2 Serrano chilies very finely chopped (optional)
1 cup quinoa
juice of 1 lemon
2 Tblsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Put the quinoa in a small pot with about 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cover until done. Cooking on a low heat for about 15minutes.
While the quinoa is cooking combine all the other ingredients in a large bowl. Once the quinoa is cooked remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes before adding it to the veggies. Taste for seasoning and add more salt or lemon juice if you like.
Serve the salad chilled with grilled chicken, steak, halibut or cod. Makes for a great refreshing summer time meal.
You can omit the quinoa all together for a lighter salsa style salad.
Instead of quinoa try brown rice.
Instead of tomato add chopped mango for a refreshing salad that will go great with chicken