White Bean Quinoa Salad

Happy Wednesday! If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that I had some exciting news yesterday.. my sister had her baby!! She delivered him at Culpepper Regional Hospital so it was a little drive to go see them last night after work, but it was totally worth it. He came at around 5:30 PM weighing in at 9 lbs, 14 oz and 21 inches. He’s a big boy and such a cutie! I’m already in love with him.

And now for a recipe…

Over the weekend I decided to whip up an old household favorite we haven’t had in a while, Greek Quinoa. When I first found and started making the original recipe from Fitness Magazine Isaac and I couldn’t get enough of it. We made it for dinner every other week, took it to any potluck/cookout we were attending and Isaac even made it for a staff meeting at work. It’s one of the those recipes that everyone likes!

White Bean Quinoa Salad

Until last weekend we probably hadn’t had it in over a year so I was pretty excited to make it again. Only this time I thought it would be fun to play around with the ingredients a bit and create something a little different. It turned out fabulously so now we have yet another go-to summery quinoa recipe.

White Bean Quinoa Salad

White Bean Quinoa Salad
The great thing about this salad is that you can prepare it ahead of time! I like making the quinoa the night before and letting it chill in the fridge overnight so all I have to do the next day is mix in the other ingredients and dressing. You could also make the whole salad the night before and let the flavors marinate in the fridge overnight. A couple additonal notes: 1.) If you're running short on time you can use fresh baby spinach instead of the blanched kale. 2.) The original recipe calls for feta cheese. I left it out this time but Isaac always likes to sprinkle a little on top for that pop of extra flavor.
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 10-15 cherry/grape tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 can of cannellini beans or other white bean, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 cups chopped kale, blanched**
  • ⅔ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛-1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced and chopped
  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together quinoa, tomatoes, beans, blanched kale and onion.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Mix with quinoa, fresh basil and avocado chunks.
  4. Serve right away or let the mixture chill in the fridge a few hours before serving.
  5. **To blanch kale: wash and de-stem kale, chop it into smallish pieces and add to boiling water for 3 minutes, remove kale from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place it in a ice water bath. Drain it well, making sure to give it a good squeeze to remove all access liquid.

White Bean Quinoa Salad

The great part about this dish is that it has quite a bit of protein from the beans and quinoa and it’s packed with fresh veggies, including kale, which is a nutritional powerhouse. You can feel good about eating a bowl of it for a meal or having it as a side. We’ve done both!

White Bean Quinoa Salad

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  1. Cold salads are growing on me – I love all the nutrients in this recipe!

  2. Yum! I’m loving quinoa as my salad base at the moment and this one looks so good! Quinoa + beans = heaven 🙂

  3. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free says:

    That salad sounds amazing! Also, congrats on your little nephew! He is precious 🙂

  4. I love all quinoa concoctions and this is another one I like. Nice 🙂

  5. I feel like I’ve been making quinoa salads a lot lately. This one is definitely going in the recipe bank. 🙂

  6. Congratulations on being an aunt! I can’t wait to try this salad — it looks delicious and I’m a fan of all of the ingredients!

  7. Yum! This looks great- now I have a taste for quinoa so I’ll have to try out your recipe soon. Congratulations on becoming an Aunt! What did they name the baby?

  8. love all types of quinoa salads, this one looks great! And congrats on begin an aunt 🙂

  9. Christina says:

    This salad looks wonderful! I plan to make this for my in-laws next week!

  10. So simple and fresh! Finally, another idea for something to do with all of the kale i got from my CSA this week. 🙂

  11. That looks delicious. I’ve been collecting quinoa salads lately and I’m definitely going to try this one.

  12. Yayyyy congrats to your sister!!!!!!! SO exciting!! 🙂 🙂

  13. Congratulations on becoming an Auntie you will love it.
    I really like the look of your salad and just wondered what if there was something else i could add instead of Avocado as we are not keen? Also would you eat this as a main dish or a side dish? I hope you don’t mind the questions. thanks x

    • Hi Lisa, You can leave the avocado out if you’d like. It will still taste great! But you could also add in some feta cheese. I’ve had it as a main dish and a side dish – it’s perfect for either.

  14. Congratulations to your sister!! I live in Culpeper currently, so it’s awesome to see my teeny little town mentioned in a post! haha. I definitely got a little excited!

  15. Thanks for this tasty looking salad! I really enjoy eating quinoa! These are some great flavors that I haven’t had the opportunity to taste together. I look forward to my attempt at making this salad. Thanks again and congrats to your family! 🙂

    Russell from sensible-nutrition.com

  16. Nice recipe, and congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  17. yayyy congratulations to your sister! It is sooo exciting to be an aunt, isn’t it???? I think and talk about my nephew about 80% of the time, haha!

  18. Congrats on Top 9!

  19. Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

  20. Perfect for all those veggies Ill be picking up next week frommy CSA!!

  21. YUM! This sounds so good!! I love quinoa 🙂

    So fun seeing you today!!! Thanks again for coming 🙂

  22. Nice recipe, so simple and fresh!
    James Andrey
    Culture Kefir

  23. I made this last weekend and it was fantastic!! I used spinach because Harris Teeter was out of kale.

  24. Thank you for good idea! Until now I did only quinoa porridge…! But 1 teaspoon salt it’s not too much?

  25. Just made this, it is delicious!! I subbed cilantro for the basil, reduced to 1 avocado, and omitted the oil. So yummy and fresh!! Thank you!

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