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Quinoa-Bean Salad

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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.

Quinoa-Bean Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 People
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 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cup beans
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup  grated carrot
  • 1/2  cup cilantro
  • 1 zest of lime
  • 2 juice of limes
  • 1/4 tbsp ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt, to taste


  • Mix brown rice syrup, brown rice vinegar, lime zest and lime juice together in a large bowl.
  • Add the quinoa, beans, red cabbage, carrot, cilantro and salt and pepper.
  • Toss until it is well mixed.
  • Refrigerate before serving.
Author: Jody Pinchin


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