Monday, February 18, 2013

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (Gluten-Free)

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Today's post for the Secret Recipe Club comes from Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I had such a difficult time choosing a recipe today just because there are so many delicious looking sweet treats! Since Chris and I are trying to eat healthier (which was difficult between birthdays and Valentine's Day), I decided I would go with a savory recipe as opposed to a decadent recipe. I'm sure I'll be back in no time to choose a cookie or cake recipe, though.
Chris and I are huge fans of the last quinoa recipe I made, so when I saw this one I wanted to give it a try. Chris loved the other salad, but he's a much bigger fan of lime juice than lemon juice, so it seemed right up his alley. The lime mixes well with the cayenne, which adds a little spice. I love the assortment of vegetables in this dish, between the crunch of the corn, the buttery texture of the avocado and the refreshing juice from the tomatoes, the combination is just right. This is a healthy and tasty recipe you definitely need to try. Enjoy!

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  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked in salted water according to package instructions
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz.) can whole corn kernels
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pickled jalape├▒os, minced
  • 1-2 avocados, chopped
  • 1 package grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 5 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
Cook quinoa using package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl to cool.
Combine beans with vinegar, salt and pepper. Add to quinoa along with corn, peppers, avocados, tomatoes and cilantro. Gently toss.

Make dressing by combining lime juice, salt and cumin. Whisk in oil. Drizzle over salad. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.

Source: Adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake


  1. Oh, I'm so glad you picked this yummy recipe (and enjoyed it!). Now I'm in the mood to put it back on my menu :) Thanks for the kind intro, too. xo

  2. This looks so fresh & delicious! Great SRC choice!

  3. What a pretty, colorful, fresh looking dish! Very nice!

  4. I've made this before and I love it! I so want to make it again!!

  5. What a fantastic looking salad. I love quinoa and the other flavors of this salad just sound so delicious. Great SRC choice!

  6. This looks delicious! I want to try with farro - my new favorite whole grain at the moment :)

  7. Looks really good! I have a box of quinoa sitting in the pantry, just waiting for the right recipe... I will have to give this one a try,

  8. Oh I just picked up a small box of this from a local deli the other day and loved the flavors, so this is exciting to see a recipe similar! Great SRC choice. I'm new to the group C, so I hope you stop by and visit my site too!

  9. I love Liz's blog and this recipe. We've made it a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it!

  10. The combination of all the flavors sounds so good! And it's pretty too! Great choice.

  11. this looks amazing! i love quinoa salads, they are too yummy! just had one for lunch actually. just visiting from group A :)

  12. Looks yummy and light! I love the mash up of southwestern flavors with a grain, kind of like a personal burrito bowl at home!

  13. I haven't jumped onto the quinoa bandwagon yet but this recipe makes me think I should!

  14. Always looking for more salad recipes - this looks great! Awesome SRC pick (visiting from group A)


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