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Quinoa Black bean Salad

Quinoa Black bean Salad is a colorful and healthy dish that is perfect to pack for picnic or lunches. This is a quick and easy to make dish that takes less than 30 minutes to put together. Adding black beans to quinoa gives a double dose of protein to this dish.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings


For the Salad:

  • 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. Canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Medium Red Pepper, diced
  • 4 Green Onions, chopped
  • 2 Avocados, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • To taste Salt Pepper


  • Bring 2cups of water and the quinoa in a small saucepan to a boil; lower the heat, cover the pan and cook till quinoa is cooked through. Let the quinoa cool slightly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for dressing.
  • Add the chopped veggies (except avocado), drained black beans and the cooked quinoa to the dressing. Mix gently and the set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
  • Stir in chopped avocado right before serving to avoid discoloration.
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