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Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • optional: 1 carrot peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced then dragon flied
  • optional: 1 cup chopped fresh yellow or green beans
  • 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 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or basil
  • 1/4 cup scallions
  • optional: 1 large tomato
  • optional: 1/2 cup olives sliced


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


  1. Soak quinoa 1/2 hour in cold water
  2. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in water several times (Drain in strainer after each time)
  3. Place in 2 qt. pot with 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 tsp salt
  4. Bring to a boil, turn to low, cover tightly, cook 15 minutes
  5. Remove from heat & allow to sit 5 minutes covered
  6. Fluff gently with fork & set aside to cool
  7. In 2 Tbsp Olive Oil,  saute jalapeno, fresh garlic, celery and peppers until garlic is browned and pepper and celery softened.
  8. Add the green & red peppers and saute briefly
  9. Add the cumin and coriander, cook and stir for 5 minutes
  10. Blend dressing ingredients with a whisk or shake in a jar
  11. Combine sauteed veggies, tomatoes, black beans, quinoa and dressing in a large bowl.
  12. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in cilantro and scallions.  

Yields 4-6 servings. Serve warm or cover and chill and then serve.

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