Food for Family Gatherings
Family Features — Family gatherings like reunions, picnics and potlucks can bring fun, the chance to reunite with family and, of course, food and celebration.
While catching up with family is most important for many, food typically comes in a close second. Tried-and-true favorites are welcome, but so are new additions.
To help mix things up, take a break from sandwiches. Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups (below) are a contemporary meal or snack alternative which kids and adults alike can enjoy. For a salad that feeds a crowd, try this Tex-Mex Layered Bean Salad, a tasty accompaniment for entrees from burgers to fried chicken. For more recipes for family gatherings, visit READsalads.com and AuntNellies.com.
Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Prep time: 25 minutes
1 can READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad Dressing:
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp. adobo sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1∕8 tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1½ cups cooked quinoa
1 cup diced chicken, cooked
¼ cup finely sliced green onions
1 chipotle pepper, minced
4 leaves Bibb lettuce
Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid.
To make dressing: In small bowl, whisk reserved liquid, lime juice, adobo sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until completely combined. Stir in cilantro; set aside.
In medium bowl, combine bean salad, quinoa, chicken, onions and chipotle pepper. Add dressing; toss gently.
Divide bean salad mixture equally among lettuce cups.