Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

I put this salad together last night while I was working on dinner so that I'd have something other than graham crackers to munch on during the day. It was so simple, and could definitely be altered to suit your tastes. Use this recipe as a base, and then add or subtract as you'd like... perhaps some corn or diced avocado? Pine nuts? Sunflower seeds? Tomatoes? Anything goes, really!

You'll Need:
1/2 Cup Quinoa {cook according to package directions}
1 Can Black Beans {drained and rinsed}
1 Red Bell Pepper {diced}
1 Small Onion {diced, and I did not add a whole onion as I prefer less raw onion}
Cilantro {I probably used 1/3 cup, stems removed and chopped}
Olive Oil
Lime Juice
Chili Powder

To Make:
Cook quinoa according to package directions.
Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl, and add the black beans, diced red bell pepper, onion, and cilantro.
Drizzle a bit {and I do mean a very small amount! nobody likes oily quinoa!} of olive oil and lime juice over the mixture, stirring to combine.
Season lightly with chili powder and salt, tasting to see if the flavor suits you.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

I like to dip my salad with tortilla chips, but it's also great on its own, or served over lettuce.

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  1. This is fantastic and I cannot wait to try it! Grocery store first thing on my list of things to do!

  2. I made this for a friend's baby shower to go along with chicken kabobs (chicken was marinated in your Pineapple chili chicken marinade--awesome!!) and it was a huge hit! Most of the guests didn't even know what quinoa was but by the end of the evening everyone was making their plans to run to the grocery store to get some : )

  3. Made this tonight for "Meatless Monday" and it was a hit with all of us, including my two year old! I used pinto beans because I had run out of black beans...but next time will use black. Thanks for sharing!


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