Real Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Black Beans, and Tomatoes

Made it through day two of “detox” week :)

Here’s how it went:

Breakfast – Oatmeal with chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and currants (didn’t have any almond milk in the house, otherwise I would have poured some over!) and “green” juice (Details here: http://eatcleanwithkate.com/sauteed-kale-with-white-beans)

Lunch – Leftover quinoa salad (from yesterday)

Snack – Peach

Dinner – Falafel salad

Cravings for things I’m not supposed to be eating were a bit stronger today (cheese! chips and salsa! cheese!). All I wanted was a piece of string cheese (luckily, there’s none in the house!). Went to Whole Foods, and even had to bypass all the deliciously amazing looking cheese samples! Made sure to walk straight ahead, not looking at what kind of actual cheese they were showcasing. I made it out alive…err, without eating cheese :) Ha!

So for dinner tonight I made homemade falafel balls. Not bad for my first time, however, I think I’ll wait to post until I’ve perfected it :) And I cheated just a tinsy itsy little bit. I used a handful of whole wheat breadcrumbs for the falafel! I also used ground flax seed, but wasn’t sure how the texture would turn out if I made them with only the flax seed. Whoops! There were worse things I could have eaten today (like cheese!).

Anyway, here’s the recipe for the quinoa salad! Super easy to make, with refreshing flavors and a nice texture. I added some herbs today and really spiced it up.

Here ya go! Enjoy :)

Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Black Beans, and Tomatoes

Ingredients:

1 cup dry quinoa, cooked

1 avocado, cubed

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 limes, juiced

salt and pepper, to taste

2/3 cup cilantro, chopped roughly

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to directions

Add in black beans, avocado, and tomatoes

In separate bowl, combine oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro

Pour dressing over quinoa, mix to combine

NOTE: Can also add a can of corn (or fresh grilled corn!), chopped red onion, or anything else that sounds good!

Here’s me, with it on my lap out on a friend’s boat :) Mmm summer…

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Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Black Beans, and Tomatoes
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ⅔ cup cilantro (or other favorite herb), chopped roughly
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions
  2. Add in black beans, avocado, and tomatoes
  3. In separate bowl, combine oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro
  4. Pour dressing over quinoa, mix to combine

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