Easy vegan and gluten free quinoa bean salad

Summer is finally here in New York! The weather has finally reach Summer temperature! With the hot weather, all I want to eat is a nice cold, refreshing bowl of salad that hits the spot. Today, I’m introducing my new quinoa bean salad. Easy to make and super tasty. Unlike other leafy salad, this salad is loaded with protein and will keep you full longer! What I love about this salad is the crunchy nut! It gives a great texture to the salad.

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Benefits of beans:


Edamame is naturally gluten free, low calorie, no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium.


A chickpeaΒ is a form of complex carbohydrate that the body is able to slowly digest and use for energy. It is high in protein and fiber, which help to make you feel full and to curb food craving. Besides protein and fiber, chickpea is also a rich in vitamins and minerals include manganese, folate, copper, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Black bean

Black bean is classified as legumes and known as turtle beans because of their hard, shell-like appearance. Like many other types of beans, black bean also contains high protein, fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals includes calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, thiamin, niacin, folate and vitamin K.

What is quinoa?

Quinoa is an ancient grain that is grown for its edible seed. Also known as “mother of all grains”. Quinoa provides a great source of protein, antioxidant and rich in vitamins and mineral. And like other grains, quinoa is available in different colors, including red and white.

White QuinoaΒ vs Red Quinoa

  • White quinoaΒ tends to cook up fluffier, while red quinoa have a crunchier texture and the grains doesn’t stick together as much.
  • Red quinoa has a slightly higher gram of fat.

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