Southwestern Blue Quinoa Salad

by Amy Stafford on July 8, 2013

Quinoa Blue Cheese Green Beans Mushrooms Red Pepper Carrot Chia Seeds

I received a recipe request from my friend Mary, “a quinoa dish with mushrooms and green beans”.  I first envisioned a dish that was similar to a risotto, so I made Quinoa with goat cheese to give it a creamy texture.  It was good, but not something you would want to make again.  The second time around, I tried for something with a spicy kick and southwestern flare.  I knew I had it nailed, but it needed a cheese, cause everything is better with cheese.  I wasn’t sure if Mary would prefer Blue Cheese or Parmesan, so I asked.  Blue it was and a wise choice.  The marriage of all the flavors makes for one delicious dish.

Thanks Mary for the request, inspiration is always appreciated.  If you are looking for a recipe with a few of your favorite ingredients, I would love the challenge to come up with something for you, ask away!

Quinoa Blue Cheese Green Beans Mushrooms Red Pepper Carrot Chia Seeds Quinoa Blue Cheese Green Beans Mushrooms Red Pepper Carrot Chia Seeds

Quinoa Blue Cheese Green Beans Mushrooms Red Pepper Carrot Chia Seeds

Quinoa Blue Cheese Green Beans Mushrooms Red Pepper Carrot Chia Seeds

Southwestern Blue Quinoa Salad
 
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Serves: 4-6
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Ingredients

Quinoa Salad:
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked according to directions
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup french green beans, cut 1"
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms, rough dice
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (2 whole, peeled)
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, white part only, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of kosher salt and Pinch of ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 3 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled

Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • pinch of kosher salt
Instructions

Quinoa Salad:
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium size skillet over medium heat add olive oil.
  3. Add green beans and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring.
  4. Add mushrooms and carrots, cook 3-4 minutes until mushrooms and carrots soften
  5. Add garlic, scallions, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, stir and cook 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add all ingredients to large serving bowl.
  7. Add black beans, quinoa, chia seeds and cilantro.
  8. Add dressing and stir to combine.
  9. Add blue cheese and gently stir to combine.

Dressing:
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
Notes
Can be served warm or cold

 

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Julia Ruth July 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

Ohhhh, I’m so going to make this dish this week!

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Amy Stafford July 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Julia,
Mary Linde asked me to come up with a recipe for her! I hope you enjoy!!
XO Amy

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Alisa Rhinehart July 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

This looks amazing and something that I would LOVE! I’m crazy about anything spicy! Thanks for posting! :)

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Amy Stafford July 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

Thanks Alisa. Are you a hot pepper/chile fan or sauce fan or both?

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