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Taco-Ish Salad

Ingredients:

· 1 romaine heart, rinsed and chopped

· 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

· 1/2 cup frozen organic corn, defrosted

· 1 organic Persian cucumber, sliced

· 1/2 large organic bell pepper, chopped

· 1/4 cup sliced black olives

· 1/2 cup cherry grape tomatoes, halved

· 2 tbsp/ finest chopped red onion, optional

· 1/2 avocado cubed

· 3-4 Tablespoons Trader Joe’s Sriracha ranch dressing, to taste

· 1/2 cup cooked, cooked quinoa (can be prepared in advance)

 

Directions:
 
1. Boil 1 cup water and rinse quinoa thoroughly in fine mesh sieve. Add quinoa and cover. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed
 
2. Transfer cooked quinoa to refrigerator and let cool.
 
3. Prepare vegetables and place in large bowl. Add cooled quinoa, dressing and toss to combine.
 
4. Top salad with avocado and serve immediately
 
Makes two generous servings

 

Therese Bonanni

Thérèse Bonanni MS, RDN, has worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. She practices evidenced-based medical nutrition therapy including but not limited to: weight management, metabolic disorders (pre/diabetes), pre/postnatal nutrition, GI-related conditions (Celiac Disease, IBS/IBD, GERD) and cardiovascular issues (hypertension, high cholesterol). Thérèse provides customized meal plans, recipes and food journal analysis, among other services. She is passionate about teaching her clients that nutrition is about all you can eat, not what you can’t. A former editor for Prevention magazine, Thérèse also created and developed recipes for The O2 Diet, Slim Calm Sexy Diet and The New You & Improved Diet books, which have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show and Access Hollywood. Her work has also appeared in Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest and Shape magazines. Thérèse holds a B.A. in Communications from Boston College and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.