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Southwestern Blue Quinoa Salad

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

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients


Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa cooked according to directions
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

Quinoa Salad:

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

Dressing:

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.

Notes

Can be served warm or cold

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4 comments on “Southwestern Blue Quinoa Salad”

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    Alisa Rhinehart

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

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