One of my favorite foods to eat in the summertime is Quinoa. It is a grain that is similar to cous cous, and used in salads, soups and vegetarian burgers. I love making quinoa salads in the summertime, and this one below is similar to the one sold at whole foods. At about $12 to make, this one won’t break the bank and it is super healthy.

Black bean quinoa salad

2 Veggie broth

1 cup quinoa

1 clove garlic

1 can of black beans

1/2 large red bell pepper

3 sprigs of green onions

1 can corn

2 tsp oil

2 tsp. apple cider or red wine vinegar

1 tsp. hot sauce

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 C lime juice

handful of shredded carrots

Chop the garlic and combine with the veggie broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil and then simmer until cooked fully. Similar to rice. Meanwhile, chop the bell pepper, onion, and lime. Throw all the ingredients into a large bowl and when quinoa is light and fluffy, mix in with all ingredients. Combine everything nicely and then chill in the fridge for an hour before serving. Makes a terrifc picnic salad and mixes well with mexican food dishes.