Salad with Quinoa & Beans

By: Esther Vasa

QUINOA pronounced "keen-wah" is an ancient grain like seed that is rich in protein. It also is a good source of fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium and has essential lignans. It has a mild nutty taste. It has the potential to help lower cholesterol, maintain good cardiovascular health, good choice for people with diabetes and for those of us with MS. One important thing to note is that it helps control migraines. Following the inspiration of beany quinoa recipe from Swanson's website, I made this and simply loved it.

"Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a type of seed of the goosewort plant, a relative of spinach and chard. Quinoa provides a complete protein, making it especially valuable for vegetarians. Quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is critical for growing and repairing body tissues. One cup of quinoa has more protein than one egg and is high in magnesium, folate and riboflavin (B2). Quinoa is a prebiotic that feeds beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract and is a great source of insoluble fiber that promotes healthy elimination, helps maintain colon health and prevent the formation of gallstones. Your body can easily digest and access the vitamins and minerals and quinoa making this a most excellent addition to a healthy diet." -- Craig Stellpflug

Salad with Quinoa & Beans

For Cooking Quinoa
Quinoa - 1 cup
Fresh Rosemary -1 sprig
Water -2 cups
Salt to taste

For Salad
Cooked Garbanzo Beans or any beans - 1 cup
Red Onion -1
Large Carrot - 1 (Grated)
Celery Stick - 1
Cucumber - 1 (Peeled and diced)
Tomato - 1
Jalapeno - 1/2 (de-seeded and finely chopped)

For Salad Dressing:
Juice one lime
Extra Virgin Olive oil - 3 tbsp
White Wine Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste


  1. Clean quinoa thoroughly. Cook it with water, salt and rosemary. Fluff and set aside to cool down.
  2. Prepare the vegetables for the salad listed under the "For Salad" section in the ingredients. Mix and set aside.
  3. Whisk the ingredients listed for salad dressing. Mix the dressing into the salad prepared in step 2.
  4. For the final step, thoroughly mix the quinoa and the salad and serve it as you like it.