Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

I love quinoa! If you haven't tried it before, you really should. It is similar to a grain but is actually an edible seed with a mild flavor. It is high in protein and gluten free. It makes an excellent side dish or substitute for rice and is easy to prepare. This salad was delicious and tasted great the next day for lunch. I love eating stuff like this for lunch, the beans and quinoa really help keep me full and satisfied throughout the day.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 Serrano pepper, minced
1 cup corn (I used leftover grilled corn on the cob)
1 cup diced tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes, halved)
1/4 cup diced red onion (or green onion for milder flavor)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
5 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt & pepper, to taste

Cook quinoa according to package directions. Place in a medium bowl. Add beans, peppers, corn, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Add red wine vinegar, and gently toss ingredients together.

In a small bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, cayenne, and cumin. Drizzle over quinoa mixture, tossing as you go until evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

Adapted from Cooking with Karyn.

Linked to Good Cheap Eats What's on Your Plate? and Little Brick Ranch Foodie Friday.


Cynthia said... [Reply to comment]

I'm def gonna have to try this! I heart quinoa.

Meals by Misty said... [Reply to comment]

I have never made quinoa before. My husband thinks it sounds too healthy :) What is the texture like? You make it look yummy!

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds great! I posted a quinoa salad this week too.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

@Meals by Misty It has a soft texture once cooked, similar to cous cous.

Susie said... [Reply to comment]

This sounds very yummy - I have to try it!

julie said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful salad! The colors are absolutely gorgeous!

Evi said... [Reply to comment]

What I love about quinoa is that you can add any flavors to it. I've made a ton of little salads (check out some for ideas)- and they are great for lunch. Easy to eat, easy to store, easy to bring with you! Have a great weekend!

kathleen @ the lushers said... [Reply to comment]

oooooh, this must be the one you were telling me about! looks so good!

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I just mixed this up and put it in the fridge, but not before I tried it! Yum! Yum! Yum! I can't wait to eat some after it chills and all those flavors are mixed together. I just recently started experimenting with quinoa and I love it!!!

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