Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

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The truth is I have had this salad in my head for a long time.  I have had a lot of strawberries lately, and have been using them to make sweet things, but never got around to using them in a savory dish.  So, finally last Monday, I made it!  I figured I could make a big batch, and share it with Eric, so we could have it for lunches and dinners, and it would be something that is satisfying, healthy and delicious.  Because I always have to make something for dinner that I can look forward to and get excited about.  No, I do not mean something extravagant every night, but just something good that I enjoy.  This salad was something easy to make that was good.

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Unfortunately I have not made it to the pick your own strawberry farm or Farmer's market yet this year, so I had some organic strawberries from the store instead.  I had already cooked off some black beans (I cook big batches of beans and freeze them in portions to save time and money), and the quinoa took less than 10 minutes to cook.  Once that was all cooled, I added in some fresh basil from my herb garden, jalapeno for a kick, some scallions for something savory, lime juice for a pop of flavor and of course sea salt to bring out all of the delicious flavors.  It may sound like kind of an odd combination (at least that is what my Mom said when I told her what I had made), but it is so good!  This is the sort of thing that you take a bite and think to yourself, this is good, and pretty soon the whole plate is gone.  Plus the sweet strawberries with the spicy jalapeno, and aromatic basil is such a wonderful combination!  This salad can be made ahead of time, so it would be perfect for lunches, or serving at a Summer party.  If you are wondering about the health benefits of quinoa, check out this article on Well Being Secrets.

Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad
Serves 2

2 cups filtered water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups strawberries, quartered (or cut into eighths if larger)
1 jalapeno, minced
2 scallions, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
1/4 cup lime juice and 1 Tbsp organic lime zest

Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed about 15 minutes, or when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated. Drain, and let cool. When quinoa is cool, combine with all other ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well. Serve at room temperature.

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