Black Bean Quinoa Salad (make ahead)

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad is an easy fresh salad that can be enjoyed as a meal or a side! Deliciously simple, full of fresh veggies and loaded with flavor, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.

We sometimes add in grilled chicken or even leftover taco meat if we have it (and top it with a dollop of sour cream and salsa).This is one of the best salads I've ever had! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!Cowboy Caviar as a Meal

I’ve been serving Cowboy Caviar at parties pretty much forever. It is one dish everyone raves about and it’s pretty healthy (if you don’t count the tortilla chips because it’s all about balance over here).

I know how well loved my Cowboy Caviar recipe is and I really wanted to find a way to turn it into a complete meal (because really, I just want to eat it with a spoon).

With just a few simple tweaks to the dressing and the addition of quinoa, this Black Bean Quinoa Salad was born!

Easy Quinoa Salad

The best part is that it’s SO easy to make!

A simple combination of fresh vegetables, black beans, corn and quinoa in a zesty lime dressing makes this the perfect weekday meal!

This quinoa was the first thing gone at our potluck! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Quinoa Is so Versatile!

If you’ve never made quinoa before, it’s easy to make (you can find out how to cook perfect quinoa here). It’s similar to rice but I find it cooks up a bit quicker.

It can be served warm or cold, served by itself or incorporated into a dish in place of rice.

Make Ahead: Black Bean Quinoa Salad is a complete meal in a single bowl and can be made ahead of time. It’ll keep for a few days making for the perfect lunch recipe! If making ahead of time, I prefer to leave the avocado out of the recipe and add some just before serving.

Quinoa salad is the perfect thing to take for lunches! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Amazing Health Benefits

Quinoa Salad is loaded with goodness!  think of this seed as a grain, it’s the perfect healthy carb to incorporate into our diets and is protein packed!

While I add my favorite Mexican inspired veggies, you can swap up this Black Bean Quinoa salad by adding in your favorites (or whatever you have in the fridge). If you happen to have leftover tacos & fixings or leftover fajita fillings, they all make great additions.  I’ve also subbed chickpeas for black beans in this easy salad since I love Chickpea Salad so much!

This quinoa salad recipe is created with a quick and easy homemade lime dressing.  You can most certainly use your favorite store bought dressing (red wine vinegar dressing is a good choice).

Everyone has asked me for a copy of this recipe! Loaded with fresh flavors, this Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Tried and True Quinoa Salad Dressing

This quinoa salad dressing was tested countless times. A few tips to make sure it turns out delicious:

Do not use Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  The bitter flavor (which I normally welcome in most dishes), does not blend well in this recipe.
The dressing is intended to be light and fresh in this recipe, if you prefer a heavily dressed salad, you may like to add more dressing.
Use fresh lime juice.  A fresh lime costs about $0.50 and is worth its weight in gold flavor wise.  (Taste the two side by side and I promise you’ll never buy bottled lime juice again).
The salad will soak in the dressing as it sits so you may need to add more or less depending on time.
Cook your quinoa in broth (instead of water) for extra flavor.

I most often serve this black bean quinoa salad as lunch or a side however it makes a great meatless main. If you happen to have leftover taco meat or grilled chicken, they are perfect added to this recipe!

More Salads That Eat Like a Meal

Greek Quinoa Salad – Great to make ahead of time.
Tomato Avocado Salad – The perfect summer side dish
Easy Taco Salad – Family favorite (use ground beef or turkey)
Italian Pasta Salad – Potluck favorite
Sweet Potato Salad – So much flavor!

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Deliciously simple, full of fresh veggies all tossed in a zesty lime dressing, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water or broth
2 roma tomatoes (diced)
1 ripe avocado (diced)
1-15 oz can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1-12 oz can corn (drained)
1 bell pepper (diced)
1/4 cup green onion (diced)
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced)
1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)

Dressing

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook quinoa according to package directions and allow to cool.
Combine quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, corn, bell pepper, green onion, jalapeno and cilantro in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Add quinoa and combine.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

More Great Dishes

Ramen Noodle Salad
Easy Greek Pasta Salad
Cowboy Caviar

 

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