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Green Bean & Almond Quinoa Salad

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This simple green bean and quinoa salad is perfect for a quick side or served as a main with a little grilled chicken, chickpeas or tofu. Either way, this salad will be a hit!

green bean almond quinoa salad recipe

Ready for a salad to brighten up your potluck tomorrow?

I don't know what's on your menu, but for many of us it's going to be the big old BBQ spread. Burgers (turkey burgers if I have my way), hot dogs, sausages, potato and pasta salads.

But what about your greens? You need to have greens. Are you going to just have that same old boring salad you have at every potluck? I sure hope not!

I suggest you try this green bean and almond quinoa salad.

green bean and almond quinoa salad with only simple ingredients

Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. They're crunchy, colorful and with just slight sweetness that makes them perfect in almost any salad.

Especially a quinoa salad like this one.

Granted I love them raw as a snack too, but with a simple steam, chopped up and tossed on a salad they're sensational.

This salad highlights the green bean in a very special way. The quinoa adds texture, but it's the sliced almond that add that extra crunch that this salad so desperately needs. Plus with a little almond extract drizzled into the mix, this green bean and almond quinoa salad is quite divine.

healthy quinoa salad with green beans and almonds

What's great about this salad is that it also doubles as a lovely holiday side dish! Can we think of it as an alternative to green bean casserole perhaps? Obviously different, but easier, healthier and more accessible for all diet types!

And if you don't have access to fresh green beans, no worries at all. You can absolutely use frozen, just thaw and steam like you would here and add them to your salad.

healthy quinoa salad with almonds and green beans

healthy quinoa salad with green beans and almonds
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Green Bean & Almond Quinoa Salad

This simple green bean and quinoa salad is perfect for a quick side or served as a main with a little grilled chicken, chickpeas or tofu. Either way, this salad will be a hit!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword almond, green bean, quinoa salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 259 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa I have used both red & rainbow, and I actually prefer the red!
  • 1 lb green beans clean and chopped into 2" pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Steam the green pieces until just tender, about 5 - 7 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Green Bean & Almond Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 28.1mg34%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. […] Green Bean and Almond Quinoa Salad features nutty quinoa, crunchy almonds, and lightly cooked green beans. Start with fresh green beans, and give them a 5-minute steam to tenderize them a bit. Once combined with quinoa and sliced almonds, the green beans need only a dash of lemon juice, a teaspoon of almond extract and a pinch of salt and pepper to become a flavorful salad. […]

  2. Alyssa – I have been eating what I call the “Q” now for about three months now, and I love it. Someone suggested that I try it to help reduce my blood sugar levels. Hesitantly I did, and found it to truly work. The “Q” is now my subsitute for most of the sweet and savory dishes that I make. I’ll put in my salads, puddings, soups, stews, etc…the list goes on. I am going to try baking with it soon, as I have a home-based bakery. I’ll let you know what the creative juices come up with.

    Belinda

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