Ok, I realize this is extremely non-traditional for BBQ's and the fact that it contains no meat might draw a few dirty looks from some members here (could be easily modified to accomidate the carnivores in the group) but seriously, if you are looking for an amazingly refreshing and extremely delicious side that is easy to prepare and is a wicked accompaniment to some smoking hot bbq give this a go;
Killer Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups red beans
- 2 shallots
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 carrot
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 2 cups fresh corn, cut from cob
- 3 tablespoons parsley
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice of 2 limes
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 - Rinse quinoa to remove bitter coating. Then cook quinoa in water for 15 minutes or until fluffy. Set aside.
2 - Dice red onion, red bell pepper, and carrot. Seed and mince jalapeño pepper. Keep the seeds for a spicier salad. Chop parsley. Combine all the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl along with corn.
3 - Add oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper to the vegetables and stir well to combine.
4 - Toss quinoa with veggies, serve warm or chilled, and swoon.
If you want to add meat, my suggestion would be some smoked/grilled chicken.
Enjoy and let me know what you think.