While trying to incorporate more grains into my family's diet I find a great way to do that is to simply add grains to foods we already enjoy. Three-bean salad is a delicious sweet-tart side for many meals and adding quinoa makes it substantial enough for a tasty gluten free lunch dish, or served with dinner.
I used green and wax beans from our local farmers market and added kidney beans, I've also made this salad with garbanzo beans and cucumbers, feel free to use what you prefer.
This salad is best made at least 8 hours in advance, and can be kept covered and refrigerated up to 3 days, bring to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.
Step 1: Gather ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa
8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
8 ounces yellow wax beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
1 (14-15.5 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 stalk celery heart plus 1 stalk celery heart with leaves, finely chopped
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried oregano)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper