Rainbow Quinoa and Adzuki Bean Salad

This colorful beans, greens and grains dish is packed with nutrients and makes a great stand-alone lunch. Quinoa is one of the most nutritious whole grains and adzuki beans (sometimes referred to as aduki beans) outshine many of the other beans because of their mineral content.

Rainbow Quinoa and Adzuki Bean Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Author: Michelle Babb MS, RD, CD
  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • 1 can adzuki beans
  • ½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup chopped fire roasted pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  1. In a large saucepan, combine quinoa and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in a saute pan. Add kale and saute until wilted (~5 minutes). Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the cooked quinoa (you'll have leftover quinoa to store in the refrigerator), beans, sauteed kale, olives and peppers and set aside. Whisk together olive oil and lime juice. Drizzle over salad and toss until well coated.