April 09, 2011

Black bean and quinoa salad


Happy weekend friends!

We kicked off the weekend last night by visiting the Sydney Opera House to see Madame Butterfly, the ballet. It was such a magical performance and I was reminded of how much I love ballet (I used to dance for many years). The night really left me with a happy, sunny mood!

This salad is another way to carry on a perfect weekend - it is so healthy, full of flavour and makes you feel like you are really looking after yourself and your loved ones. It is really not that hard to eat and live healthy, now is it?

Black bean and quinoa salad
(Serves 2-4)

1 cup black beans, soaked overnight or quick soaked*
1 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp organic vegetable stock powder
2,5 cups water (or vegetable stock)
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 lemon, zest and juice
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
pinch of salt

*Quick soaking the beans: place the beans in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour.

1. Drain the beans and return to pan. Cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until just tender.

2. Rinse the quinoa and place in a saucepan with 2,5 cups water or vegetable stock. Add the vegetable stock powder, if using. Bring to boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3. Drain the beans and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked quinoa, parsley, finely chopped lemon zest and juice, sesame oil, brown rice vinegar and the sesame seeds. Mix well then check the taste and season with a pinch of salt if needed.




39 comments:

  1. Lovely! Quinoa is always the perfect complement to any mealtime.

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  2. That looks a very refreshing and healthy bowl of salad! How do you make stock powder?

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  3. I really ought to start cooking with quinoa, this combination with black bean is right up my alley

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  4. A healthy and delicious combo!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Looks tres delish... I like that you eat clean = )

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  6. Love ballet too...you should see Black Swan if you haven't. This salad sounds about perfect for a little healthy living when I get home next week post all the over indulging!

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  7. This looks delicious, I bought some black beans today :)

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  8. This looks so simple that even I could make it (and I've found a place near home that sells black beans by the scoop)!

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  9. Love your plates!!!! The pictures are amazing! thank you for all the great inspiration!

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  10. My eldest, who is quite selective about his food (and is also gluten intolerant with a milk allergy), loves quinoa and sesame seeds. This makes me think of him...we'll give this a go. Kiitos!

    (I am married to a fellow American who is of Finnish descent, I am of Japanese descent. We would love to visit Finland some day and incorporate little bits of Finnish culture into our family life. The most significant of which is that the kids call us Äiti and Isä. Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

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  11. I love simple recipes. They let the flavors shine through.

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  12. Can I tell you how much I love quinoa? It's just the perfect grain for those with gluten allergy and intolerance. Love this recipe:)

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  13. Your photography is amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I could find yours. :)

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  14. Beautiful! This reminds me of the much neglected pack of quinoa I have in my pantry!

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  15. What a lovely salad. It is always grand when things that are good for you actually taste good and look beautiful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  16. I have always wanted to watch Madame Butterfly...!! Lucky you :). As always, you photos are just amazingly perfect!!

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  17. Yum! What a beautiful salad.I love that bowl a lot.

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  18. Quinoa is a grain I should be exploring more, and I think I might just start with this recipe :)

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  19. what a DELICIOUS and healthy mix!

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  20. Simple and delicious. Plus your bowl is so cute! I hope you can get fair trade quinoa in Sydney! http://tinyurl.com/3v4wns9

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  21. that's aboslutely a healthy mix!

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  22. To be honest, I still haven't succeeded in loving quinoa despite a few attempts but I'm not ready to give up and this looks like a healthy, filling, and delicious salad to persuade me 8).

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  23. Sounds like you had a great time at the ballet. This quinoa salad looks super yummy!

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  24. Oooh, such a nice change from the usual black beans and rice. I bet this is good, too, when it's hot, room temperature or even chilled like a salad.

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  25. A delicious healthy and filling salad!

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  26. What a wonderful kick-off to the weekend!
    Your dish looks great. Very healthy and quite delicious.
    Do you think that you can omit the stock powder if you use homemade (read: more potent) vegetable stock? I usually make my own at least once a week, and use it in several meals through the week.

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  27. Thank you all for your comments!

    Any organic or home-made vegetable stock will work well and you can leave the powder out if you are using vegetable stock. I only use organic powdered stock if I don't have home-made stock readily available.

    Maria
    x

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  28. Again, wonderful photos! And a lesson in how to make some fairly mundane grains and beans taste amazing. I love the savouriness of the rice vinegar in this!

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  29. Eating healthy is DEFINITELY not hard when you have delicious recipes like this to be made!

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  30. Madame Butterfly! How magical :) I have black beans that are just waiting to be used, thanks for the idea.

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  31. No, it isn't that hard to live and eat healthy! It pays off far far more than what it takes from you..

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  32. this is a beautiful salad!

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  33. Sounds like u had a very rewarding weekend. I am very inspired by your take on taking care of your family. And that is one breathtaking shot. I love it!

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  34. it's not hard at all, I'm trying to eat as much grains and legumes as I can as source of nutrients and I feel amazing! quinoa is soo versatile, is perfect with everything, and with legumes in particular. plus it makes a complete, delicious meal!

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  35. i make a very similar one! it's a great way to increase the healthiness factor to a Mexican meal. i add a few more spices like cumin and chili powder along with some fresh corn. (http://cookmarked.com/recipe.aspx?eID=hlKUQoIKj)

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  36. Ah i didn't know you were a dancer. This looks lovely - you always manage to come up with such creative healthy recipes.

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  37. I love the story of Madame Butterfly. I have never seen the ballet but I have enjoyed many times the opera! This salad is beautiful and now that the weather here gets warmer is ideal!

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  38. That's lovely. I am a fan of quinoa :)

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