Black Bean Quinoa Salad Recipe

Fresh and Flavorful Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Black Bean Quinoa Salad is a modern twist on ancient South American cuisine, combining protein-rich black beans and quinoa with fresh veggies for a flavorful, nutritious dish.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad Recipe

  • Are you craving a nutritious and flavorful meal that's easy to prepare and perfect for two? Look no further than this delectable Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe. Packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and a burst of vibrant flavors, this dish will not only satisfy your taste buds but also leave you feeling energized and nourished. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or a light dinner, this recipe is a delightful choice. So, let's dive into the kitchen and explore the art of creating a delightful Black Bean Quinoa Salad for two!
Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 24 mins Total Time 44 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Calories: 321 Kcal Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


For the salad:

For the dressing:


  1. Instructions for making salad:
    • Cook the quinoa: Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitter taste. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let it cool.

    • Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld.

    • Assemble the salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, diced cucumber, chopped red onion, and fresh cilantro leaves. Toss gently to mix the ingredients.

    • Drizzle the dressing: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat all the ingredients evenly. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your taste.

    • Garnish and serve: Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top for added crunch and nutritional value. Divide the Black Bean Quinoa Salad into two bowls or plates and serve immediately.

  2. Tips for Variation:
    • For an extra kick, add a finely chopped jalapeño pepper to the salad.
    • You can replace quinoa with another grain of your choice, such as bulgur or brown rice.
    • Experiment with additional vegetables like bell peppers, corn, or grated carrots to add more color and texture.
    • For a creamy twist, add a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of feta cheese on top.


    • Indulge in a wholesome and satisfying meal with this Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe tailored for two. Not only does it offer a delightful blend of textures and flavors, but it also delivers a powerful nutritional punch. Packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and an array of fresh vegetables, this salad will leave you feeling nourished and invigorated. Whether you're a seasoned vegetarian or simply seeking a light and nutritious meal, this recipe is a fantastic choice. So, gather your ingredients, follow the steps, and savor the goodness of this delectable Black Bean Quinoa Salad. Bon appétit!
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 321kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 548mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 38g13%
Dietary Fiber 8g32%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g16%

Calcium 41 mg
Iron 3 mg

* * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: Black Bean Quinoa Salad, Salad, Vegetarian, Healthy, Protein-packed, Gluten-free Fresh

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