A salad intended more as a method than a recipe … can’t wait to try it!  It contains quinoa, Mary!

Joyous Paradox

Tomato WedgesAs the name implies, Today’s Big Salad is intended more as a method than a recipe. I use a variety of ingredients in each category, sometimes omitting the grains and adding an ounce or two of reduced-fat cheese or 2 to 3 ounces of cooked chicken or beef. The result serves 2-4 people, though I eat a whole salad most days for lunch.

Beans and grain:
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa

Vegetables and fruit:
1/2 cup cucumber, unpeeled, sliced thin
1/2 cup yellow summer squash, unpeeled, sliced thin
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1 large tomato, cut in small chunks
1 Tablespoon chopped red onion
1 cup mixed fruit, cut up (apples, blueberries, grapes, etc.)

2 cups (packed) mixed salad greens

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 Tablespoons white balsamic…

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