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Vegan Friendly Red Quinoa Corn and Red Bean Salad

I was flipping through the current issue of the magazine/ad that a local company sends out, Marlene’s Market, (Sound Outlook) when I saw a recipe for a warm quinoa salad that sounded interesting.

My version of the salad:

The recipe was by Debra Daniels-Zeller, who is the author of The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook: 200 Recipes That Celebrate the Flavors of Oregon and Washington:

I changed a couple of things but kept the basis of the recipe, although I chilled mine as a cold salad versus eating it warm. I used red quinoa, added shallots but left out green onions and added a little sweetener to the dressing. I used nearly all organic ingredients tonight but not to worry, you don’t have to! PS: on the rinsing of the quinoa – with Ancient Harvest brand you don’t need to but it never hurts either. If your brand says you don’t need to rinse you can skip the step.

In a couple of days the new copy of the magazine should be up on Marlene’s website if you want to see the original version (they put the magazine up as a PDF).

Red Quinoa Corn and Red Bean Salad


  • 2 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup organic red quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup organic frozen corn
  • 1 ¼ tsp organic roasted garlic (jarred)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp organic agave nectar (or honey for non-vegan)
  • 1 Tbsp dried shallots (find in spice section)
  • 15 ounce can organic kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup organic frozen green peas (preferably unsalted)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan bring the broth, quinoa, corn and garlic to a boil. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover tightly and let simmer for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and let sit for another 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk the vinegar, oil, agave, shallots and pepper together.
  3. Put the frozen green peas and beans into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa to the beans and mix gently. Drizzle the dressing over and toss gently to combine.
  5. Let refrigerate for a couple hours tightly covered.



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