Well summer is finally here and what better way to beat the heat in the kitchen than to prep some yummy salads? Below are two of my favorite go to summer salads. The bean salad pairs great with your favorite BBQ items and is a hit at family parties. The second salad makes for a quick lunch or as a side with dinner. Either way they are chock full of nutrients!
Quinoa, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad!
2 c quinoa and brown rice, cooked and cooled
1 lemon juiced and zested
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 small can no salt corn, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinses
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 large green pepper, chopped
Mix together and enjoy!
Best salad EVER!
1 English cucumber (seedless)
4 Roma tomatoes
3 ripe avocados (cut down to 1 if salad is for one)
½ red onion
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1. Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion, and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
2. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Kelly Devine Rickert, Registered Dietitian, Devine Nutrition Inc