Quinoa, black bean and corn salad: Kid-created, White House-approved

White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford prepares dishes of quinoa, black bean and corn salad in 2012.

Recipe: Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

Winning Arizona recipe from the 2012 "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook," courtesy of Epicurious.
Recipe submitted by 11-year old Haile Thomas of Arizona: Haile's family gave up eating white rice after learning her dad is diabetic, so they began experimenting with quinoa. Haile's recipe adds the protein-packed grain to the family's favorite black bean and corn salsa, and they serve the salad hot or cold with tacos or just about anything else, like shrimp, chicken, pork, fish, or lean red meats. Haile's mom, Charmaine, reports the secret to its success is that "all the kids love it, the ingredients are affordable, it's easy to make, and it's just plain good."
Ingredients:
    • 2 (15-ounce) cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 4 cups fresh corn
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
    • 2 cups cooked quinoa
    • 1 medium red onion, chopped
    • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 medium red onion, chopped
    • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into cubes
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 lemon, halved
    • Sea salt
    Directions:
    1. In a large bowl, combine the black beans, corn, tomatoes, quinoa, cilantro or parsley, red onion, avocados, and olive oil.
    2. Squeeze the lemon halves and add their juice to the bowl.
    3. Toss to combine then season to taste with salt and serve.
    4. This recipe makes six servings.