I'm teaching myself to make more quinoa recipes for my family. Quinoa is pretty tasty; it reminds me of rice, but it's not a starch. It's a protein. It can turn a simple side salad recipe into a light dinner.
I pulled this light dinner recipe into existence with leftover black eye peas, black beans, a half a bell pepper, green onions, and a few ears of cooked corn on the cob hanging around in the icebox. The only cooking involved was boiling the quinoa. I used red quinoa this time, only because I had it on hand. White quinoa will work in the dish just fine.
I could have EASILY eaten this quinoa recipe warm or at room temperature, i.e. right after I tossed it together. However, it was only three in the afternoon, too early for supper. I had to settle with shoveling a big spoonful in my mouth for the time being and waiting for supper time to come around.
Feel free to make the dressing stronger with vinegar or lime juice, if that's the way you like it. I was in a mild dressing mood today, so I went light on the tang. Same goes for the salt and pepper. The one Serrano pepper was just enough to add a green spicy kick that goes great with the cilantro and lime juice. I could imagine adding a second Serrano pepper if I wanted to turn this recipe into a chips & chunky dip recipe.
HERE'S ALL IT TAKES
Serves 2 for dinner or 6 as a side
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed
- 1 cup cooked black eye peas, rinsed
- 1 cup cooked corn off the cob
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 Serrano pepper, minced
- 1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 tablespoons salad oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Toss the quinoa, beans, peas, corn, onions, peppers and cilantro together in a large bowl.
Whisk the ingredients for the dressing together in a small bowl and pour over vegetables. Taste test the salad for the salt and pepper to meet your liking. Serve right away or chill and serve later cold.