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Mayan Supper Salad Recipe

Mayan Supper Salad Recipe

Both the ancient Mayans and Aztecs would have been familiar with the ingredients of this healthful and delicious main-meal salad. It calls for alkalizing corn, which combines beautifully here with beans, scallions, and several other zesty ingredients to make a salad that is as pretty as it is tasty and easy to make.

Mayan Supper Salad makes a great bring-along to backyard barbecues, too.

1 cup quinoa, well-rinsed
1/2 cup cooked or frozen and thawed corn kernels
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, divided
3 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups cooked black, pinto, or great northern beans, drained and rinsed if canned
1 large ripe tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds plus extra for garnish

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and 2 cups of water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool to room temperature.

2. Combine quinoa, corn, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, scallions, and oil in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the beans, tomato, remaining lemon juice, cilantro, and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds.

4. To serve, spread the bean mixture on a serving platter and mound the quinoa and corn on top. Garnish with additional sunflower seeds, if desired.

Serves 6.

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Adapted from The Co-Op Cookbook, by Rosemary Fifield (Chelsea Green, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Rosemary Fifield. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green.
Adapted from The Co-Op Cookbook, by Rosemary Fifield (Chelsea Green, 2000).

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4:30PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012


9:43AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Thank you

8:44AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

gonne try this, thanks

5:04PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

8:38AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

8:36AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

7:23AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:57AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011


12:24AM PDT on May 29, 2010

that would be "dont" invite any spanish over for dinner.

i just couldnt deliver.

12:22AM PDT on May 29, 2010

sounds good but invite any spanish over for dinner.

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