Minty Black Bean & Quinoa Salad for a Crowd


Warm weather means picnics and big get-togethers where food is required. My New Roots chef Sarah Britton offers this healthy and easy salad that will garner lots of “yums” from your friends.

Serves 25–30

Ingredients

9 cups dried black beans, soaked overnight (or 8 hours)
1½ cups quinoa, soaked overnight (or 8 hours)
2 large fennel bulbs
1 head radicchio
1 bunch radishes
2 bunches green onions
3 bunches mint
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
A few handfuls sprouts (I used sunflower)

Dressing

Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 3 limes
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp fine-grain sea salt
½ cup cold-pressed olive oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup (or liquid honey)
A couple pinches cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Place the black beans and quinoa in separate bowls and cover with plenty of water. Let soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse both beans and quinoa well. Place beans in a large pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer with the lid on for about 40 minutes. Add three tablespoons of salt and continue to cook until soft (but not mushy!)—another 10 minutes or so. Drain and rinse well. Let cool.
  3. Place quinoa in a pot; add 2½ cups water and a teaspoon of salt. With the lid on, bring to the boil and reduce to simmer. Cook until tender, 15 minutes or so. Set aside with the lid off to let cool.
  4. Make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to combine.
  5. Prepare the vegetables. Begin by slicing the fennel bulb into very thin strips (a mandoline may help). Place fennel in a large serving vessel, pour a little of the dressing over and toss to marinate (this also prevents browning). Add thinly sliced radish and green onions; toss to coat. Next add the cooled black beans and quinoa and pour the remaining dressing on top. Fold to combine. Let sit for 20–30 minutes to marinate.
  6. Chop the herbs and radicchio and add to the salad. Fold to incorporate. Season to taste. Sprinkle sprouts on top if desired, and serve to a hungry crowd.


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