Quinoa and Green Bean Salad

green bean quinoa salad
Photo: Krause, Johansen

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


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus ¼ cup for dressing

  • 1 small onion, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed (cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces)

  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar


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

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