Spicy quinoa black bean salad

    30 min

    Quinoa and black beans are tossed in a refreshing chilli, lime and cumin vinaigrette for a quick, protein-packed lunch or side dish. Tastes even better the second day!

    10 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 170g quinoa
    • 405ml water
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 limes, juiced
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes, or more to taste
    • 270g halved cherry tomatoes
    • 1 (400g) tin black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 5 spring onions, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Bring quinoa and water to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt and chilli flakes together in a bowl.
    3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans and spring onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in coriander; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in fridge.

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    I was a little disappointed based on the other reviews here. I thought this was way too salty, and the citrus from the limes was overpowering. If I make it again, I'd likely cut the salt and citrus in half. Also, I'm not sure the 1/4 cup of oil was worth the added calories. I may cut that by 1/2 as well.  -  10 Nov 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wow! This was outstanding! I only used one tsp. of cumin, but followed the rest faithfully. I also served it warm because I tried it on a fall evening. Can't wait to taste it cold. Very very tasty!!  -  18 Oct 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is my absolute favorite quinoa recipe! I have been looking for one my whole family would eat and not only did they like this...they asked for seconds!  -  12 Oct 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)