Marinated Bean and Beet Salad with Quinoa and Golden Tomatoes
1 cup of cooked quinoa (I love to cook it in chicken or vegetable broth when adding to salads. One part quinoa to two parts water/broth bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until liquid is absorbed)
1 head of radicchio, chopped finely
3 cups fresh green beans, steamed to a slight crisp texture
8 oz cooked beets, chopped (I use the Melissa's beets already steamed and peeled *see below)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
golden cherry tomatoes (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp sugar
Mix dressing ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl and set aside. Steam your fresh green beans until they are soft with a slight crisp (about 5-7 minutes). Set aside to cool. Add all ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing. Serve room temperature or chilled. Store in the refrigerator.
If you don't want the hassle of cooking your fresh beets, I buy them already cooked in this great vacuum sealed packaging from Melissa's . Convenience is worth it's weight in gold to me lately with our hectic schedule!