Mediterranean Three Bean Quinoa Salad-this protein-packed quinoa salad is full of flavor and great served as a main dish or side dish.
I hibernate during the cold winter months. I leave my house to go to the gym, grocery store, church, and that’s about it, unless something special comes up. I hide under my covers and wait for the snow to melt. We got a ton of snow over the holidays and I don’t think it is going anywhere anytime soon, so I am trying to find ways to survive inside.
Last week, I made my favorite Mediterranean Three Bean Quinoa Salad. I usually make this salad in the summer, but I needed a little pick me up to help me beat the winter blues and this salad did the trick. It is light, refreshing, and reminds me of summertime.
This salad is actually perfect for the new year because it is loaded with protein and veggies. The quinoa salad has three types of beans-green beans, garbanzo beans, and white cannellini beans. It also has cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and fresh basil. You will love all of the color and flavors.
Oh, and you can cook the quinoa on the stove, but I tried cooking the quinoa in our new Instant Pot and it only took ONE minute and was perfect. So if you got an Instant Pot for Christmas, try it out! It is great for cooking up quinoa. So easy!
Before serving, I dress the salad with a simple balsamic dressing. This salad is great served as a main dish for lunch or dinner or you can serve it along side chicken or fish. I love making this salad because it will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. I love the leftovers and I have even pulled this salad out for breakfast. Starting the day with veggies and protein is always a good idea. You could even scramble up some eggs to go on the side. This Mediterranean Three Bean Quinoa Salad is good anytime of the day and will help bring a little summer to a cold winter day!
This protein-packed quinoa salad is full of flavor and great served as a main dish or side dish.
Yield: Serves 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
For the Dressing:
Note-if you have an Instant Pot, you can cook the quinoa in your Instant Pot. It only takes one minute.
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