Zesty Quinoa Salad

I am so excited to share this quinoa salad with y’all today! It was one of my first vegan finds and it gave me hope that I could actually maintain (and enjoy) a vegan diet.

This zesty salad is bursting with color and flavor. It is one of my favorites to bring to a party or serve for guests because everyone (including toddlers!!) loves it!!!

For those unfamiliar with quinoa (kee-no-wah), it is an incredible grain that cooks up similar to rice, but in a third of the time. It is packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

(I give full credit for this recipe to a contributor at allrecipes.com)

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Zesty Quinoa Salad        Serves 6

Total Time – 30 min (prep – 15 min; cook – 15 min)

  • 2 C water
  • 1 C uncooked quinoa**
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C grape tomatoes, halved
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp rep pepper flakes (I omit this when serving for kids)
  • 1 small handful cilantro, chopped
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa and simmer approximately 15 minutes, until quinoa is cooked and water is gone.
  2. Meanwhile, combine beans, tomatoes, and green onions in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk together lime juice, oil and spices.
  3. Stir cooked quinoa into the bean mixture. Add the lime juice mixture and stir. Finally, mix in cilantro.
  4. Serve warm or cold. Perfect as a side, main dish, or even as “salsa” with tortilla chips.

**Rinsing quinoa before cooking can help eliminate a bitter flavor that accompanies this grain. Be sure to use a colander with tiny holes so the quinoa doesn’t fall through.

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