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Quinoa Asada Grain Salad

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

25 Minutes

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

This protein-packed veggie and grain salad topped with crispy, air fried black bean fritters makes a perfect lunch meal prep for the week. Switch it up with whatever veggies and grains you have on hand, and top with any of your favorite toppings, like cheeses, herbs, and nuts.


For black bean fritters:

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

2 shallots, roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For sautéed peppers and onions:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

3 bell peppers, sliced

1 yellow onion, sliced

For bowl:

1 cup quinoa, cooked

1 cup frozen grilled corn

3 cups chopped kale

Cilantro, to garnish

Cotija, to garnish

Crema or sour cream, to garnish

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Step 1: Make black bean fritters

To a food processor, add all black bean fritter ingredients. Process until coarse but combined. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least one hour.

Step 2: Sauté peppers and onions

Preheat pan over medium-high heat with oil. Season peppers and onions with Salt & Pepper Tableside Seasoning and add to pan. Sauté until soft and slightly charred, about 10 min. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

Step 3: Air fry black bean fritters

Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Form fritters by rolling tightly into 12 to 14 ping pong-sized balls. Slightly squish each ball to form 1/2-inch thick patties. Oil both sides of the patties and set in air fryer basket. Air fry for 15 min. until both sides are crispy and golden in color, flipping fritters halfway through cooking time. Set aside to cool.

Step 4: Assemble bowl

Divide ingredients between 4 bowls and drizzle with crema. Serve immediately. To save leftovers, keep ingredients separate in fridge and dress and assemble before eating.