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Composed Quinoa Salad Platter

Composed quinoa salad recipe

This composed salad featuring quinoa and red beans looks fancy enough to impress company, but it’s super-easy to prepare for an everyday meal. You can use regular, red, or black quinoa, or a combination. Serve with some seasonal roasted veggies (squashes, Brussels sprouts, roots, etc.) and/or a warming soup. Or keep it  simple and just serve with baked or microwaved sweet potatoes.

Serves: 6

Quinoa-corn salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa, well-rinsed (use regular, red,
    or black quinoa, or a combination of two or all three)
  • 1 cup cooked fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 scallions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Bean salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked or canned pinto, kidney or Anasazi beans
  • 1 heaping cup finely diced ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium avocado, diced, optional
    (if using, toss with a little lemon juice to prevent browning)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Black olives
  • Red pepper or pimientos, cut into narrow strips about 1 1/2 inches long

Quinoa-Corn Salad: Bring 2 cups water to a boil in small, saucepan. Add quinoa and simmer gently, covered, for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a mixing bowl and combine with remaining ingredients.

Bean Salad: In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients and toss together.

To assemble: Transfer quinoa-corn salad onto the center of a large platter. Make a well in the center about 6 inches in diameter. Mound bean salad into it, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Arrange olives and strips of bell pepper  atop the ring of quinoa.

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    Terri Cole
    April 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love how beautiful this looks! I have been looking for a good vegan dish to make for a Derby party. This fits the bill!

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    April 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Terri, it’s so easy to assemble yet so pretty. I hope you and your guests enjoy it! and if you’re transporting it elsewhere, just wrap the platter fairly snugly with plastic wrap. I just took it to a potluck and it arrived completely intact.

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    November 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I just made a batch of red and white Quinoa and thought how pretty they looked together now you have given me a great idea to make it even tastier than the simple lemon parsley and garlic I use on it. thanks

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