Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has been called a superfood and it’s one of my favorites! It is a complete protein and is also a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron. For those of you that are gluten-free, you know that you can enjoy this gluten-free “grain.” This recipe can easily be a gluten-free recipe as long as you pay attention to the label of the canned beans and apple cider vinegar that you use.

The first time I had this particular recipe, my aunt had made it for us while we were visiting her in Florida. She wanted a side dish that the vegetarians could enjoy! I’m pretty sure everyone who ate it enjoyed it and it is evident at my house that this is a popular recipe. Use as a side dish or you can add it to a salad and top with salmon for a delicious dinner! I have already made two batches of this recipe at our house since I got my hands on her recipe and luckily I have cilantro in my garden that is ready so I don’t have to try to track this down at my local grocery store!

Black Bean Quinoa Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinse or 1½ cups cooked homemade black beans
  • 1½ cups corn, cooked
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
For Dressing
  • 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  1. Bring water to a boil. Then stir in the quinoa. Return to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for approximately 25-30 minutes.
  2. Whisk the vinegar and oil together in a small bowl while the quinoa is cooking. After combined, add lime juice, salt, and cumin and blend.
  3. Add quinoa to a serving bowl, then add in beans, corn, bell pepper, and cilantro.
  4. Combine the vinaigrette dressing with the mixture and stir until all is coated.
  5. Serve warm or cold!

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comments { 2 Comments }
  • Dee Rushforth - July 02, 2013 @ 9:24 am 1

    You don’t know how many weight watcher points this is? My weight watcher instructors always talks about Quinoa

    • Briana Carter - July 02, 2013 @ 9:41 am 1.1

      If you divide into 8 servings, it would be 7 points per serving!

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