A Healthy Summertime Treat

The 4th of July goes hand in hand with celebrating!  It is America’s birthday after all and I take birthdays very seriously!  While the nighttime is dedicated to fireworks, the daytime is for barbecuing, picnicking, pool/beach time and tanning….really just parties all around.  When attending these festive celebrations (obviously dressed in red, white and blue) make sure to contribute to the party with more than just your presence.  Bring a side dish as a gift for the host (alcohol is also always a good option)!  Today’s post is dedicated to a delicious dish you can bring to any party you attend this summer.  Quinoa is the latest obsession in my apartment.  It is not only delicious and easy to make, it is healthy, which makes it the perfect summertime snack!  Scroll for mouth watering pics and the easiest recipe I have posted yet.

avocado

Some of the delicious ingredients: cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion.

Home grown basil.  Mom, aren't you so proud!

Home grown basil. Mom, aren’t you so proud!

red onion

Finely chopping the red onion.

Quinoa salad

Adding the avocado

Quinoa salad

Mixing in the black beans

Quinoa

Finished Product! Avocado, Tomato, Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

6 cups of cooked Quinoa

1 pint of grape tomatoes

1 can of black beans (drained)

½ cup of  chopped red onion

2 Avocados

6 Basil leaves

½ lemon

2 cups of feta

salt

pepper

How to

This recipe is SUPER easy! Cook the quinoa (follow instructions on the package.  This will take around 20 minutes).  After quinoa is cooked, let it cool and refrigerate while prepping the other ingredients.  Cut grape tomatoes in half, finely chop half a red onion, finely chop basil leaves, chop avocado, and strain black beans.  Mix all ingredients.  Squeeze the half lemon over the salad and salt & pepper to taste.

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