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Quinoa and Green Bean Salad Recipe

Parsley spruces up this side salad of protein-rich quinoa and crunchy green beans.

  • yield: Serves 10

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup for dressing
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 13/4 cups water
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed (cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in quinoa and cook for 1 minute. Add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until water is absorbed, about 16 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes; fluff with fork. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and beans, cooking until bright green, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.

  3. Step 3

    Combine quinoa, green beans, and parsley. Dress with 1/4 cup olive oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

Source
Body+Soul, July/August 2010

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