Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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This combo recipe is a meal in one since it contains a carbohydrate/starch (quinoa), a protein (black beans) and several vegetables.


Serves 4



  • ½ cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups water, to cook quinoa
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can of unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups fresh tomato, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 green chilis or jalepeno peppers, minced, to taste (remove seeds if you prefer your food less spicy)
  • Black pepper, to taste



  1. Boil water, add quinoa and simmer until water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Cool quinoa for about 15 minutes.

  2. Mix olive oil, lime juice, cumin, coriander, chopped cilantro, and green onions in a small bowl.

  3. Combine chopped vegetables and beans in a large bowl, add cooled quinoa and dressing.

  4. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving to blend flavors.


Nutrition Facts


Calories: 286

Total fat:  7g

Saturated fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium:  39mg

Carbohydrates: 45g

Fiber:  9g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 13g