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Quinoa & Black Bean Salad with Zesty Lime Dressing

  • 24 February 2017
Quinoa & Black Bean Salad with Zesty Lime Dressing

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 182

10g fat

5g carb

5g protein


1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water (or 1 cup water  and 1 cup vegetable broth)

¼ cup olive oil

1 glove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon lime zest

½-1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & cored

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ cups black beans, drained and rinsed (if using canned make sure BPA-free)

4 carrots grated

¾ cup cilantro, chopped

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Sea salt & pepper to taste

Optional: slice up some chucks of avocado to add in just before serving

Makes 6 servings


  1. In a medium size pot, bring the water to a boil.  Add a pinch of salt and a drop of olive oil and the quinoa to the pot.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Leave the pot covered for 5 minutes before removing the lid.  Fluff the quinoa with a fork and let it stand for 30 minutes or until cooled. 
  3. While the quinoa is cooling, combine the ingredients for the salad dressing (garlic, lime juice, lime zest, jalapeno pepper, cumin, salt & pepper.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil to form an emulsion. 
  4. In a large bowl, add the cooled quinoa, black beans, shredded carrots, cilantro and green onion.  Toss the mixture with a ¼ cup of the dressing.  Continue to add in enough dressing to lightly coat and mix well.  Season with additional salt & pepper to taste.  Serve room temperature or chilled.  Stays fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

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