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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Corn and Cilantro

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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Corn and Cilantro
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A simple quick and easy quinoa salad or quinoa pilaf recipe with black beans, corn and fresh cilantro. This vegetarian and vegan dish can be served fresh and warm, or chill in in the refrigerator before serving to allow the flavors to develop. Toss it gently before serving and give it another squeeze of fresh lime and dusting of sea salt to perk up the flavors. This recipe is healthy, high-fiber, high-protein and gluten-free.

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil + 2 Tbsp
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 12-oz. can vegetarian black beans, drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or chili powder (optional)
  • sea salt or kosher salt and a bit of fresh cracked black pepper, to taste


In a large skillet, sautee the garlic in one tablespoon of olive oil for 2-3 minutes, then add the chopped green onions and heat for just another minute or two. Add quinoa and vegetable broth or water. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Allow to cook for 20-25 minutes, until quinoa is cooked and can be fluffed with a fork. Add corn kernels, black beans and chili powder or cayenne pepper (to taste) just a minutes or two before quinoa is done cooking to heat through.

Remove the quinoa from heat and stir in the lime juice, two tablespoons of olive oil and season with sea salt or kosher salt and a bit of black pepper, combining well.

Add in fresh chopped cilantro just before serving.

Makes four servings. This is also a high-protein and gluten-free vegetarian recipe if your spices are gluten-free.

See also: 7 creative quinoa salad ideas

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 5 out of 5
Delicious!, Guest Kary2013

I have never tried quinoa but thanks to this gorgeous recipe I will eat it as frequent as can be. It is delicious! I tried warm, right after cooked and then cool. I added a sprig of cilantro to garnish.

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