Make a Quick-Fix Salad

A great salad is always a welcome choice. Bean salads are perennial favorites, and this simple, satisfying, prize-winning recipe won’t disappoint.

To recreate a winning recipe from the recent Seneca Foods Mystery Box recipe contest, begin with a pantry staple, READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad. Smart cooks keep a couple of cans or single-serve cups in the refrigerator, ready to serve as a side dish or to kick start a salad, like this Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad.

The ready-to-eat combo of green, wax and kidney beans is delicious mixed with cooked quinoa, chicken and a subtly spicy, smoky chipotle dressing accented with lime juice and cilantro.  Spooned into lettuce cups to serve, it’s the easiest main dish ever, and it’s a tasty way to use rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled chicken.

Double the recipe if needed or if opting for a single serving, it couldn’t be simpler. Start with an individual serving cup of salad and decrease dressing ingredients as the recipe directs.

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Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups

Prep time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

  • 1          can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad

  • 2          tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1          tablespoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

  • 1          teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8       teaspoon black pepper

  • 3          tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4       cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 ½      cups cooked quinoa

  • 1          cup diced cooked chicken

  • 1/4       cup thinly sliced green onions

  • 1          chipotle pepper, minced (from canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)

  • 4          leaves Bibb lettuce

  1. Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid.

  2. To prepare dressing: In small bowl, whisk together reserved liquid, lime juice, adobo sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until completely combined. Stir in cilantro; set aside.

  3. In medium bowl, combine bean salad, quinoa, chicken, onions and minced chipotle pepper. Add dressing; toss gently. If chilled salad is desired, cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or as long as overnight.

  4. To serve, divide bean salad mixture equally among lettuce cups.

Note: To make salad for one, drain single-serve cup of bean salad; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons of liquid and place bean salad in small bowl. Add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup diced cooked chicken, 1 tablespoon sliced green onion and 1 teaspoon minced chipotle pepper. Whisk together reserved bean liquid, 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, 3/4 teaspoon adobo sauce, 1/4 teaspoon mustard and salt and pepper, as desired. Whisk in 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add dressing to bean mixture and toss. Spoon into 1 Bibb lettuce leaf.

Nutritional information per serving: 300 calories; 14 g protein; 28 g carbohydrate; 14 g total fat; 390 mg sodium; 30 mg cholesterol; 4 g dietary fiber; 3 mg iron; 0.11 mg thiamin;

590 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C.

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