Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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A summer favorite that’s the perfect side-dish for any barbecue or picnic…simple, colorful and gluten-free!

Ingredients:

      • 1 cup Quinoa     (Foodie Fun Fact)*
      • 1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
      • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
      • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
      • ¾ tsp. sea salt
      • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
      • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
      • 1 zucchini, finely chopped
      • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
      • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears corn)
      • 1 avocado, chopped
      • Optional: jalapeno, finely chopped
Foodie Fun Fact:  Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is NOT a grain.  This seed is related to the spinach family.  It cooks and tastes like a grain, which makes it an excellent grain replacement.  Quinoa is an amazing “superfood” and complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body; gluten-free and safe for those on a celiac diet and for autistic children who follow the Body Ecology program for autism.
Directions:

Cook quinoa according to directions on box. Toss quinoa with remaining ingredients in a large bowl and serve.

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