Quinoa, Lime & Black Bean Salad

2014-12-28
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 25m

Who doesn’t love a good quinoa salad? As the new year approaches, just about all of us want to get back into a healthy eating routine which often means incorporating more nutrient-rich foods into our everyday meals. The great thing about quinoa salad is that it’s not only gluten-free, but it also contains important nutrients such as protein, fiber, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. What’s not to love? Quinoa is also incredibly filling, so a little goes a long way!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rinsed quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 2-3 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • optional: a couple Tbs of salsa
  • 1 can or 1.5 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/3 large chopped yellow onion
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • black pepper and salt, to taste

Method

Step 1

Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender and water has evaporated. Be sure to set aside to cool.

Step 2

Whisk oil, lime juice, and spices together in a bowl to make the dressing.

Step 3

Combine quinoa, tomatoes/salsa, cuban black beans, cilantro, and onion together in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Step 4

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator for a cold salad. The longer you chill the mix, the more the stronger the flavor will be.

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