recipe-  Sweet Lime Quinoa Pasta Salad

recipe- Sweet Lime Quinoa Pasta Salad

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Sweet Lime Quinoa Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad:
4 cups quinoa pasta, cooked
1 orange bell pepper (capsicum)
1/2 green bell pepper (capsicum)
1 carrot
1/2 red onion
1 cup broccoli, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped

Honey Lime Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 lime, squeezed
3/4 cups black beans, drain and rinse from BPA free can or from dry already soaked and cooked
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh chives
1 handful parsley
1 handful basil
1/4 avocado
1 1/2 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup
Water as needed if too thick

Dressing Yield: 1 cup/8 oz/ 240 mL

1.) Boil water, add pinch of sea salt (optional).

2.) Prepare pasta according to package (I used quinoa pasta and cooked it for 11 minutes but brown rice pasta works well for gluten free pasta too.)

3.) While pasta is cooking, chop peppers, onion, broccoli, chives.

4.) Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients to blender except lime.  Squeeze lime over other ingredients in blender.  Blend well.

5.) Once pasta is ready, drain into colander, let cool and transfer to large bowl.

6.) Add chopped vegetables.

7.) If using BPA free canned beans, drain and rinse, otherwise scoop beans from pre-cooked dried beans made earlier and add to pasta and vegetables.

8.) Pour dressing over pasta starting with half the amount.

9.) Stir to mix dressing into pasta and vegetables, adding more dressing as desired.  I used the whole batch of dressing but it tastes great over green salads so you may want to save for leftovers.

Quinoa Pasta – brown rice or whole wheat pasta
Olive oil – avocado oil, flax oil
Chives – scallions, green onions
Lime – lemon
Apple cider vinegar – white wine vinegar
Orange pepper – red or yellow bell pepper
Green bell pepper – other green veggies like zucchini (courgette), cucumber, celery
Carrot – summer squash