Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 159.0
  • Total Fat: 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 281.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 18.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

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Great vegetarian/vegan meal or side dish Great vegetarian/vegan meal or side dish
Number of Servings: 12


    3 cups cooked quinoa (cooked in water)
    1 can cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn, defrosted
    3/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped finely
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
    juice of 1 lime
    1/3 cup olive oil
    1 tsp sea salt, fine
    1 1/4 tsp. cumin


Cook quinoa according to package directions. Quinoa is usually a 1:2 ratio of grain to liquid. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, then rinse the quinoa three to five times.

To make three cups of quinoa, boil three cups water, place rinsed quinoa and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Once cooked, cool the quinoa.

Chop the peppers and cilantro. Drain and rinse the black beans. If using frozen corn, defrost and pat dry. If fresh corn, slice from the cob.

In a large bowl add the quinoa, beans, bell peppers, corn and cilantro. In a separate bowl, mix the salt and cumin. Juice the lime (removing the seeds) and add to the spices. Using a whisk, add the olive oil to the lime/spice micture to create the dressing. Add dressing to quinoa mixture.

Salad will keep for up to a week refrigerated.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user GIRLCHEER.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I love this salad. I used red pepper instead of green and added some canned Rotel to spice it up. It's also lovely with avocado added. Thank you!! - 2/18/10

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    The only change I made was to add a little chopped onion...this is so tasty and easy to perepare. I'll be preparing this often. - 6/2/09

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    Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this for my cousin's baby shower and everyone liked it. I think the lime/salt/olive oil/cumin dressing was in perfect proportion to the other ingredients. Easy to make too. - 5/18/09

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good. Extremely healthy. I added some little grape tomatoes I had because they added color. I love how healthy this is! - 1/18/10

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    Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Made it for dinner and it was delicious. - 12/8/09