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Nutritional Info
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 370.7
  • Total Fat: 13.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 210.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 55.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.0 g
  • Protein: 10.6 g

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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad


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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad RECIPE

Introduction

This substantial salad offers a healthy balance of vegetables and protein. It provides a wide range of textures, colors, and seasonings. This substantial salad offers a healthy balance of vegetables and protein. It provides a wide range of textures, colors, and seasonings.

Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups quinoa1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained1 1/2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped4 scallions, chopped1 tsp. garlic, minced fine1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped fine1/3 cup fresh lime juice1/2 tsp. salt1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin1/3 cup olive oil

Directions

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff quinoa with a fork and transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.

While quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl toss beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

Add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and coriander to the quinoa. Toss well.

In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, cumin and add oil in a stream while whisking. Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper. Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Wow. WOW! This was absolutely delicious. Peppy flavor with the lime, vinegar, cayenne - did not need ANY extra salt, which is great on our low-sodium diet. It did make a LOT but we will enjoy for days. BTW: Fresh coriander is AKA cilantro. I had parsley so used that instead. Will do an encore! - 10/6/07

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This is a very good salad but I add some sundried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, oregano and chipotle powder to spice it up. - 1/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I have made this several times now and everytime it is a huge hit. I recently made this for company and they immediately asked for the recipe. I simply love this recipe. - 6/5/08

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  • 9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I love this salad, it is delecious, festive and good for you, what more can you ask of food! - 1/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I added a little salsa to it and canned chicken and spinach. It was delicious! - 8/11/08

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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I will decrease the amount of oil, red wine venegar and lime juice next time I make this. This tasted better the next day after all the flavors have had a chance to blend. - 9/13/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    An Explosion of Flavor I was pleasantly surprised...and will be a recipe I make for party's etc... oh Yumm - 11/5/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Fabulous! I didn't use any oil; didn't cook the corn - prefer it raw with all its enzymes intact; made the beans from scratch; and didn't add any salt. Other than those few changes, I made the recipe exactly as described. It's Great! - 10/5/08

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Very yummy! I substituted different fresh herbs for the corriander, and added a carrot/green pepper instead of the red pepper. Delicious! - 7/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I make this often. Cooking the quinoa in vegetable broth adds even more flavor. This is a great dish to take to a party. - 10/1/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Very good! I prepared it with only 3 tbsps of Oil though to lighten it up even more.
    and yes what's with the nutritional info??? I ran it through my WW recipe builder and a serving is 4 points (with only 3 tbsps of oil ) - 4/1/08

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night to bring to work for lunch today! I tasted it last night and it was great. I am sure it is even better after it has time to pick up each other's flavors.
    Can't wait to eat the whole thing! - 10/3/08

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I made this for company last week and neither of us had ever tried Quinoa before...needless to say it was FANTASTIC!! I'm so excited...thanks for sharing this! - 7/9/08

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is great because it has plenty of fiber and very low fat when made with less olive oil. You don't need an entire 1/3 cup, just enough to coat the ingredients. They are so fresh that the olive oil just helps keep them moist. - 7/8/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yum.O! I added extra black beans and used fresh garlic. I also decreased the olive oil to 3T. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe and it's delish! I love main dish salads in the summer! - 6/17/09

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    EXCELLENT AND EASY - 10/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Awesome! I also added cilantro and ground coriander in the dressing since I couldn't find it fresh. I also cooked the quinoa in my microwave rice cooker and it came out perfect! Thanks!

    Update: Why didn't anyone tell me that Cilantro and Coriander Leaves are the same thing??? haha - 10/2/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I love the lime juice in this, it gives it a very refreshing taste. I have made this a couple of times now and will make it again. - 8/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was great, although I changed a few things. What's fresh coriander? I used cilantro. I also used white wine vinegar, instead of red. Great flavor! - 7/29/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was very good but I would put a little less quinoa next time so that I could taste the fresh ingredients more! - 7/14/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I just made this and had it for lunch! Delicious, refreshing, and really easy to make. I imagine that it keeps well. It's probably even better the next day because the quinoa has more time to soak up the lime juice. - 5/14/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is gluten free, healthy, and tasty all at the same time. And it's easy to prepare. Whee! (I made the quinoa in veggie broth for added flavor.) - 4/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I love this combination. I used the dark bulgar instead of quinoa. They are very similar except quinoa is a complete food. I used a tad bit less of the spices and olive oil and soaked the dark bulgar overnight. It tastes great and is very filling. - 10/6/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic recipe and flavor...I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite salads--thanks for posting!! - 6/2/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night and my husband and I love the flavors! This will be a favorite. I had never made quinoa but it was very easy! - 5/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE this recipe! Though it takes me a while to prepare, it's well worth it. (I'm thinking about trying throwing everything into the slow cooker...) SO pretty when it's all done. SO delicious (something this meat eater never thought she would say about a meatless dish).
    - 5/18/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is delicious and I have already shared the recipe with family. It will become a regular on my menus! - 5/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Make this a day ahead and leave in fridge to allow flavors to blend. I also cook quinoa in veg broth. - 5/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I LOVED the quinoa black bean salad at Wild Oats, then Whole Foods bought them out. I saved a label, intending to try to recreate it. Now I don't have to! I left out the cumin. I have enough recipes with cumin, and dont' recall that flavor in WO's salad. This is fresh and citrusy and delicious! - 4/6/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic flavor. Cut way back on the olive oil to lower the fat. Used as a hearty "salsa" for tortilla chips and as a topper for enchiladas. - 3/30/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    just made this as a side for dinner very tasty but added extra spice to fit my familys taste more great will make it again - 3/30/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Nice salad. Thank you! - 3/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is a keeper! We all loved it. - 3/30/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very good and quick, will be a basis for other combos. Made a lot too. I thought it needed more spice or taste, will work on that for next time. Very pretty and very versatile. Will eat some of the leftovers with grilled shrimp. Would also be good in a veggie wrap. - 3/30/09

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Rinsing is super important with quinoa, it turns out, as some people perceive it as very bitter. Bitter is one taste that genes affect. Some of us are almost non tasters, some taste it a bit, and some perceive it as poisonous. Know your audience, or offer alternatives. - 3/30/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is lunch today! I just made it and it's a keeper. - 10/1/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    GREAT SIMPLE RECIPE, IDEAL FOR A POTLUCK! - 8/19/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    WONDERFUL!! Better the longer it sits. - 8/7/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Leftovers for lunches really well. - 7/6/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe - fast and easy - healthy and very pretty too! It doesn't say how big a serviing is so the caloreis per serving is confusing. It's great as a side dish!! - 7/2/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Holy shoot this is amazing. I have never had quinoa before (and when it cooked I was a little nervous about the curly things until I looked it up on google) so I didn't know what to expect. I am amazed! Very, very yummy.

    (NB: I left out the bell peppers and scallions, just because I don't like 'e - 6/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Oh wow! This is amazing! I left out the corn and pepper and made it with zucchinni, but was still wonderful! Wouldn't even know it was quinoa. - 5/7/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Really wonderful. My whole family loved it. - 5/1/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Oh My Gosh, this is WONDERFUL....I replaced the red pepper for a can of hot diced chilis...TOTAL YUM!!! - 5/1/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this a little bit differently from a recipe I found inside a box of quinoa. Ididn't add the corn at all since I am allergic, nor did I add the vinegar or oil. I did add a 1/4 teaspoon of coriander. This is a great salad no matter how you prepare it! - 4/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Wow! This was really, really, good. I could become a vegetarian, if I ate foods like this one. My husband really liked it too. Definately will make again. - 4/28/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very refreshing! I made wraps with whole grain low carb tortilla and a bit of Baby Arugula. Delicious!!!
    Thank you! :-)) - 4/17/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! Loved the lime and spice combination! - 4/15/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    i would have never have tried this becasue of the quinoa ( do not like it. Or thought i didnt) but this was the best ever, !!!! - 4/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    delicious!! - 4/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Love it and will make it many more times :) - 4/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Just made it for lunch! I love it! Such great flavor. I didn't have scallions so I used some purple onion. And I didn't have the fresh coriander, but used dried parsley. I will definitely be making this again and maybe adding a few things. Avocado, maybe? - 4/15/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    yummy...and so colorful that it's pretty too! :) - 4/9/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Loved it. - 4/8/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    MMMMM... this was tasty! I didn't have quinoa, so I used couscous instead, and accidentally opened chickpeas instead of black beans, so threw both kinds in! a very interesting recipe :) - 4/7/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    love it, couldn't stop eating it - 4/4/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this is amazingly good! would be perfect for a summer bbq side dish too. - 4/1/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this is REALLY good - i had to substitute green bell pepper for red, but it didn't matter -- the cumin and cayenne made me a little nervous, but once the whole thing comes together, it's surprisingly delicious!! Bravo! i'll definitely make this recipe again! - 3/11/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Makes a HUGE quantity - great for summer picnics and pot-lucks - 3/9/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love black beans at any time and this salad was very good. The flavors blend very well. I didn't use the cayenne pepper, because I had seeded, deviened jalopeno peppers that I used in addtion to the red pepper. Just spicy enough. - 2/15/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Fresh and satisfying. Great way to use quinoa. - 4/1/07

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    The perfect summertime salad because it doesn't need to be kept chilled. The lime juice and wine vinegar make it very refreshing.
    I took leftovers for lunch the next day and was surprised at how filling a fairly small portion was. - 3/27/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I have made this salad many times and I have to be careful not to eat the whole thing myself in 2 days (which I have done before! Oops!). I like to add a little extra vinegar to each serving. - 3/14/07

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I had to make this right NOW before I ever left the recipe! It's all put together and I can't wait to try it for lunch today.
    I'm the only one eating it so I made half a recipe and will have enough for a week. - 2/5/10

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is such a refreshing salad...... - 2/5/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty. Good with Cilantro. - 2/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is really filling and delicious...sure to be a hit with my family! - 1/11/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    to switch it up some I used a can of mixed beans instead of black beans and have used Olive oil with Pesto & Parmesan salad dressing.
    What an easy and tasty recipe!!!!!! - 8/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I have now made this recipe three times - and it gets better each time! It takes a bit of prep time with the chopping, but it is SO WORTH IT. When I make it, I can eat off of it for several days and it's great to take to work for lunch. IT IS, BY FAR, ONE OF THE PRETTIEST DISHES I've ever seen. - 8/4/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made it this morning. First time to try a quinoa salad and it is very good. I might add some cucumbers next time. - 7/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was soooo delish and easy to make. With the exception of the Quinoa, everything else was purchased at the 99 cent store. Can't beat the price and the nutitional value. I also left out the vinegar and olive oil; added a little more lime jce and next time a little less cumin. - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    It was easy to make. Only thing is next time I will put less vinegar. - 6/24/09

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I recalculated the nutritional information on here (because of the diff count on the email), and it looks like the recipe here should be for 6 servings, not 8. The email is for 8 servings. Just what I found myself--take it or leave it! :) - 5/6/09

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This works for passover, and is an interesting change. Very good. - 3/30/09

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I am into serious nutrition -- a lot of bang for your buck! GREAT! - 3/30/09

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I've never had quinoa but this is really good and my mom will love it too! - 11/5/08

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Really delicious! I'm going to make this a lot over the summer for sure! - 5/23/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Love this salad, used Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend, which also has quinoa included, instead of just quinoa. Will make it over and over again. - 5/13/08

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    Yummy! - 5/2/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The salad is easy to make and tastes great. I like seeing the alterations that others have successfully made and look forward to trying a few of my own. Thanks for sharing this! - 2/8/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very good. I had it tonite. - 2/5/10

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wow! Tasty! Didn't have all ingredients so I used a can of organic mixed beans, frzn red, yellow & red peppers and frozen roasted corn from TJ's that I thawed. Reduced olive oil to 2 tbs. Didn't have lime juice, so added more red wine vinegar. Didn't have coriander so just skipped it. Yum! - 2/5/10

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    soo delicious!! - 2/5/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'm diffinitly making this tonight. - 2/5/10

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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is one that will go into my recipe box! - 2/5/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great. Will definetely try it. - 5/1/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    yum - 3/30/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I lived in Bolivia in the 80´s. I´m delighted that quinoa is becoming popular. Tasty and verrrrry nutitional. - 8/14/08

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  • Made this as a side for a cookout instead of a pasta salad. Big hit. Guests didn't even know what it was, but still raved about it. I'm making it again today, but cutting back on the olive oil to the suggested 3 TBS. It doesn't need it. Might add chopped cherry tomatoes also. - 8/9/14

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  • Very good, although I had only dried coriander and canned corn. The combination of herbs and the limejuice is surprising interesting. Something completely new for lunch... this salad rocks. Thank you!!!

    - 7/4/14

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  • I loved this. I used white balsamic vinegar in place of the lemon juice and red wine vinegar because I was out of those items. I omitted the cayenne and any added salt. I also added a half diced avocado but it was delicious without. - 4/24/14

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  • will try this tonight, but i have to omit the red peppers (stomach issues). - 9/11/13

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  • Made this recipe twice now and love it! I used lemon juice and ground coriander seeds and it is lovely. It does make a lot but it is even better the second day. - 2/22/13

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  • Raisins would be a good addition. I've made such a recipe and it was super. Totalling the listed individual ingredient calories, I get 85 fewer calories. How do you get 370.7 calories out of this? I must not understand something. - 12/2/12

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  • Great Recipe - have made it many times; when I take it to a pot luck I am always asked for the recipe - 9/13/12

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  • Delicious! Also added zucchini and used two colors of peppers, bright, beautiful colors, fresh taste. Will serve it with a bit of salmon, then may mix leftover salmon flakes into the pilaf. - 7/19/12

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  • I made this for a 4th of July party, and everyone loved it! - 7/5/12

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  • I really liked this. I will make it again. - 5/29/12

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  • I omitted bell peppers & coriander, as I'm not big on them. I liked the salad, but would reduce the amount of lime juice & cumin next time. Love the fact that it can be made a day ahead. Leftovers can be frozen. - 4/26/12

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  • be nice if ingredients were in a list. they're terribly difficult to read like that. - 2/25/12

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