I don’t usually post recipes over the weekend since I know you’re probably maxin’ and relaxin’ away from the computer. But, I wanted to share this delicious, healthy recipe in case you need a dish to make for your Labor Day BBQ!
I thought this up while shopping the other day trying to find inspiration for a potluck dish. I was aiming for something summer-y and think this is a great summer BBQ pick because it’s not mayo based so you can leave it on the table for a while – but I’m pretty sure it will disappear before that!
Quinoa Summer Salad with Orange Dressing
- 2 cups quinoa
- 4 cups broth
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup cranberries (not optional: balances tartness of dressing)
- optional: 2 cups chopped chicken
- 1/3 cup orange juice (the good kind!)
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tb. olive oil
- 1 Tb. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tb. orange zest
- salt & pepper
- optional: squeeze of honey or agave if you want it sweeter
Directions: Cook quinoa according to package directions in broth instead of water. Fluff when done.
Prepare dressing- Mix: OJ, lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic, zest, salt & pepper. (I put 1 Tb. of chopped shallots in this batch, but it was too onion-y for some.)
Combine quinoa, beans, onions, almonds & cranberries. Toss with dressing. Season with S&P to taste. Optional: Add chicken to make this a main dish.
Have a good, safe Labor Day weekend!