Quinoa-Bean Salad

Quinoa-Bean Salad

This is delicious as a side salad or served as a complete meal or after workout nourishment. Quinoa is consider a “super food” for many reasons. Many think it’s a grain but it’s actually a seed.  It’s high in protein, alkaline-forming, gluten-free, and it’s a complex carbohydrate that is low on the glycemic index, so your blood sugar level won’t shoot up after eating it like it can after you consume simple, high-glycemic index carbohydrates. Foods rich in carbohydrates are broken down by our digestive system and turned into glucose which is then absorbed into our bloodstream. Sticking with complex carbs that are low on the glycemic index can help you get the glucose you needs without a “sugar high”.

Complex carbs include: wheat, barley, rice, legumes: lentils, split peas, dry beans: pinto, kidney, and black.


  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups beans
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 zest of lime
  • 2 juice of limes
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt, to taste


  1. Mix brown rice syrup, brown rice vinegar, lime zest and lime juice together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the quinoa, beans, red cabbage, carrot, cilantro and salt and pepper.
  3. Toss until it is well mixed.
  4. Refrigerate before serving.



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