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Quinoa Black Bean Salad

What you need: 

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 limes, juiced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

What you do: 

1. In a saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until all water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
3. Combine cooled quinoa, beans, tomatoes, and green onions in a large bowl.
4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss with cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.'

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This looks so good. I think I might make this this weekend!


This was delicious! I did do some alterations based on what I had. This is definitely a very flexible recipe. I chose it because we wanted something healthy, and that we had ingredients for.

I slowly sauteed some leeks instead of green onions, and added some orange bell pepper. We don't buy cherry tomatoes, just used regular. I also used 3 lemons instead of limes (we never buy limes), and used a dash of cayenne instead of the red pepper.
It was delicious!

Some leftover ideas: It's good cold, but it's also good wrapped between two pieces of toast and a bit of avocado!


;)b  THAT WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!  I'm not a fan of quinoa but I think you have single handedly changed my opinion.  :)>>> Next time I need to put more green onions in the salad. 


I made a couple substitutions based on what I had/like yellow onions sauteed in olive oil for the green onions, canned tomatoes, parsley instead of cilantro (Not a fan), and finally, I added garlic and went light on the olive oil.
I usually don't like quinoa--but it was in my pantry and I had all the ingredients. Changed my entire view on quinoa! :)


I made this exactly as the recipe stated and it was so, so good!  There are obviously a lot of "what you have in the frig" variations for this as well!  ;)b


This recipe is very simple and tastes great. I've made it 3 times already this summer season!


I made this for dinner for my boyfriend's mom and her new man...It was a big hit!

I used about a 60/40 blend of quinoa and white rice, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The two limes I used yielded A LOT of juice (almost 1/4 cup!) and I felt that it overpowered the flavor a bit. Perhaps just a few teaspoons would have been the perfect any case, it was delicious. It made enough leftovers for several at-work lunches, which were even better as the flavors developed over the next few days.


I used a little too much lime and forgot the cumin b/c I accidently got curry.  Also, i substituted fire roasted diced tomatoes for the cherry kind.  Still, its a great protein rich summer salad!


I followed the recipe just as it was, and the wonderful mix of lime, cumin, cilantro and tomatoes was wonderful!!  This makes a beautiful salad.


Really good, used 50:50 rice and quinoa and forgot to add cumin but still flavoursome



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