Holli Thompson’s Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango #SaladFest2013

Quinoa looks and tastes like a grain, but actually a seed that’s easy to make, readily holli_square_1500digestible, and high in protein. It’s a great option if you’re looking for plant-based protein sources.

With this combination of protein, fiber, and vegetables, this salad can be delicious lunch as well as a side dish.

This is my favorite recipe to bring to summer pot-lucks, and I love it for fall tail-gates too.

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Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango
Servings: 6-8
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 15 ounces cooked black beans
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seed and diced
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (I have made this with and without, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions
Fold everything together in a large bowl.

Allow salad to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, if you can, so the flavors meld together.

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Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP is the founder of Nutritional Style and www.hollithompson.com.  Holli appears on CBS, ABC and FX networks as a nutrition and food expert, and speaks to national organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Holli writes a weekly blog, and is featured in The Daily Love.  She’s been profiled in More Magazine, Well&GoodNYC, Camille Styles, and was USA Today’s choice for an Age-Proof Beauty.  She is co-author of the book “Optimism!” and is currently writing her own book to be published in early 2014.

Holli offers individual and group coaching by telephone or Skype. Connect in with her on Twitter, @nutrition, Facebook @Holli Thompson, Pinterest @Holli Thompson, or Instagram @HolliThompson 

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Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad #SaladFest2013

by Jaime K, founder of Save the Kales!

This salad was born from one of those days when you’re almost out of groceries and picture-31need to eat lunch, resulting in a raid of the fridge and pantry. Isn’t that how the best meals are created?

I took a basic chickpea salad and added some in-season fruit for more bulk, and the combination of bright lemon, earthy chickpeas and sweet strawberries has made this salad a weekly staple in my home. And it’s a simple, everyone-friendly dish to take to summer picnics and BBQ’s.

Bean and fresh herb salads have become some of my favorite easy, inexpensive healthy recipes.

I don’t think you can go wrong with nearly any combination, and can turn them into warm dishes in cooler months. Take a peek at my Greens and Beans dish, with roasted collards and tomatoes and cannellini beans.

[Ed. Note: Watch Jaime cook this recipe on the TV show Steelstacks Live! right HERE.]

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Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad
Servings: 6-8
Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (or about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • Extra virgin olive oil, enough to coat salad lightly
  • About 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch scallions/green onions, chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons dried mint
  • Juice of 2 medium lemons
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Directions

Add the chickpeas and strawberries to a mixing bowl. Coat lightly in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix. DONE! EASY!

You can garnish with some whole strawberries or parsley sprigs to make it look extra beautiful.

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Jaime K is the host of Save the Kales!, a vegan cooking and lifestyle TV show airing in Eastern Pennsylvania (and coming soon to the West Coast). Her award-winning blog, Save the Kales!, inspires readers through self-reflection, creativity, vegan cooking, community activism, and an optimistic perspective. In addition, Jaime is a freelance writer and Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her rescued animals, boyfriend, and ever-growing book collection.

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