Quinoa, Lime & Black Bean Salad2014-12-28
- 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!
- 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
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.
Whisk oil, lime juice, and spices together in a bowl to make the dressing.
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.
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.