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Hearty Grain and Veggie Salad

Hearty Grain and Veggie Salad
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 6
This lemony bean-and-grain side dish is packed with fiber—6 grams per serving! Pair it with any grilled entrée for a fabulous summer meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa*
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped yellow sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 cups torn Bibb lettuce

Directions

  • 1
    Place basil in a food processor. Add Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cover and process until nearly smooth, stopping to scrape down side as needed. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a medium bowl, stir together cooked quinoa, the beans, sweet pepper, tomato, and green onions. Add basil mixture; stir to coat.
  • 3
    Serve quinoa mixture over torn lettuce.
  • 4
    * To make 2 cups cooked quinoa: In a fine strainer, rinse 1/2 cup quinoa under cold running water; drain. In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/4 cups water, the quinoa, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand to cool slightly. Drain off any remaining liquid.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3/4 cup quinoa mixture plus 2/3 cup lettuce
Calories
180
Calories from Fat
50
Total Fat
6g
0%
Saturated Fat
1g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
340mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
26g
0%
Dietary Fiber
6g
0%
Sugars
1g
Protein
9g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
90%
90%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This lemony bean-and-grain side dish is packed with fiber—6 grams per serving! Pair it with any grilled entrée for a fabulous summer meal.
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