Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

I vaguely remember making something like this last year.  I think the recipe was from a Trader Joe’s newsletter.  At any rate, the recipe is long gone so I just did my thing and it turned out wonderfully.  This works great as a side or even the main attraction.  Its got plenty of protein from the beans and quinoa and the raw veggies will provide you with a wonderful dose of vitamins!  Oh yeah, it’s also delicious.

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup black beans
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup olives (of your choice)
  • 2 Tbls apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or hemp oil
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

 Directions:

  • Put it all in a bowl, mix it up. Done!
  • Garnish with cilantro or other green (I only had celery leaves—isn’t it pretty?)

Happy Eating!

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