Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Salad

What is quinoa? It’s a very healthy seed masquerading as a grain.  It’s cooked a lot like white rice but with a LOT more nutrition!  Quinoa is high in fiber, whole protein, and minerals like manganese.  It is low on the glycemic index if you’re watching your blood sugar and it’s naturally gluten-free.  Check out this article if you want to know more about the health benefits.

One downfall to this “superfood” is that it is BLAND!  Sure,  it’s good for me, but who cares if I’m not gonna eat it?!?! My kids eat it with a little honey drizzled on top, but I need a little more umpf to tempt my taste buds.  Thus I found a more flavorful way to actually enjoy this little wonder-seed: a yummy southwestern flavored salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 c dry quinoa then cooked according to package directions
  • 1 c or can cooked black beans
  • 1 red/yellow/orange bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 c cilantro chopped
  • 3-4 green onions finely chopped (or half a yellow onion)
  • 1 lime
  • 3 T honey
  • 3 T olive oil
  • Salt to taste

 

 

 

 

Cook quinoa as directed.  It looks like this when done:

Cut lime and squeeze all the juice into a small bowl.  Add honey and olive oil to the lime juice and stir together until well mixed.  Pour liquid over the quinoa and add the beans, chopped onion, and pepper.  Stir together, salt to taste, and there ya go: a flavor-FULL version of quinoa that I hope you will enjoy!

The fresh-cut pineapple compliments the flavor of this salad wonderfully!!!

Amazon has a 4 pound bag of organic quinoa on sale right now for 50% off!   This should last you a while!

 

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