Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

If you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious salad that’s perfect for any occasion, this Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is just what you need. Packed with protein, fiber, and a burst of flavors, it’s a crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone craving for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly under cold water.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the water is absorbed.
  3. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and let it cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything together until well combined.
  7. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  8. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is a nutritious and flavorful dish that’s perfect for a quick lunch or a side at your next gathering. With the freshness of cherry tomatoes, the zing of lime, and the heartiness of black beans and quinoa, it’s a satisfying meal that’s also great for meal prep.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 320 | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 50g | Fiber: 10g | Fat: 10g

This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is a versatile dish that can be customized to your taste. You can add avocado, corn, or even some diced bell peppers for an extra pop of color and flavor. It’s a great option for vegetarians and vegans, but it’s so delicious that even meat-eaters will love it. Make it for your next picnic, potluck, or simply as a healthy weeknight dinner. It’s a winner every time!