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Hearty Grain and Veggie Salad

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Hearty Grain and Veggie Salad
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 6
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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

180 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 9g Protein, 26g Total Carbohydrate, 1g Sugars

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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