Red Quinoa Bean Salad

Quinoa is often mistaken for a grain, but it is a seed. It is one of the only plant foods that supplies complete proteins, offering all essential amino acids in a healthy balance.

Quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods that you can eat.

It contains twice the fiber of traditional grains.

The cranberries in this dish add to the bright red color, while adding tartness to the recipe.

Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan


  • 1/2 cup uncooked red quinoa (I like to use a tri-color blend, but any quinoa will do)
  • 3/4 cup minced red onion (about ½ of a medium red onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt (if you only have table salt, you will need significantly less, so be careful!)
  • 3/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed, optional to remove skin
  • 1 (15 oz.) can organic red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (dark or light)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced (about ½ inch pieces)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup packed Italian parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped

Red Quinoa Bean Salad


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