Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Tasty Quinoa Black Bean Salad
Mexican Style Quinoa Salad Recipe, Serve Warm or Chilled. This delicious quinoa salad has a Mexican flavor with black beans, lime, cilantro and jalapeno. Servings: 4- 6

ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cooked black beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse well
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • Optional: 1 carrot, peeled, halfed lengthwise, sliced thin diagonally
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced OR 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, OR 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • Optional: 1 large ripe tomato
  • Optional: 1/2 cup sliced olives

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Pinch cayenne or chili powder

Directions

  1. The quinoa can be made ahead of time and refrigerated
  2. Soak the quinoa 1/2 hour in cold water
  3. Rinse very thoroughly in water several times. For each rinse, pour off most of the water and finish draining through a large fine mesh strainer
  4. Place in 2 qt pot with 1 1/2 c. water and 1/2 tsp salt
  5. Bring to a boil, turn down to low, cover tightly, and cook for 15 minutes
  6. Remove from heat and allow to sit 5 minutes covered
  7. Fluff gently with a fork and set aside to cool
  8. Sauté jalapeno, fresh garlic, in 2 Tbsp oil until garlic is browned, pepper and celery are softened
  9. Add the green and red peppers and sauté briefly
  10. Add the cumin and coriander, cook and stir 5 minutes
  11. Blend dressing ingredients with a whisk or shake in a jar
  12. Gently combine sautéed veggies, tomatoes, black beans, quinoa and dressing in a large bowl
  13. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cilantro and scallions, and serve warm or cover and chill

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One thought on “Quinoa Black Bean Salad

  • January 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm
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    Highly recommend this recipe it is tasty with a Mexican kick.

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