This hearty salad makes a great meal, especially for those hot days where you want to eat something cool and yet not totally raw. I think it would make a great dish to take to a picnic or potluck as well. I know I’ll be making this dish often!

This recipe originally came from the White Water Cooks cookbook.

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 cup raw Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups or 1 large Onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 2 cups Corn
  • 2 Red Peppers, diced
  • 1-2 tsp Garlic Chili Paste or 1 fresh Chile, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup Black Beans, cooked
  • 1 large Tomato, diced
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Rinse quinoa and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat, add paprika and stir constantly for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the quinoa, water and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10- 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is tender but still a little chewy.
  4. In a skillet, heat oil and sauté onions, garlic, cumin and coriander until onions are translucent.
  5. Stir in corn, red peppers, chili paste and cilantro. Sauté for another 5 minutes or so.
  6. In a large bowl, combine quinoa and sautéed veggies and chill for 15 minutes.
  7. Add black beans, tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

9 Responses to Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

  1. Barbara Densmore says:

    Ok, if this is as good as the Buddha bowl, I will be happy to give it a try!

  2. gardenmama says:

    Oh, yum! This looks gorgeous : )

  3. kristen says:

    This looks great!!

  4. LivingSimply says:

    What a great summer dish! I’ve been looking for a good use for my quinoa, will have to try this recipe…THANKS!

  5. Idzie says:

    Ooh, that looks SO DELICIOUS!! I’m definitely trying that recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. megan says:

    yum. looks refreshing…very similar to the a corn-black bean salsa I posted about last week. thanks, annie!

  7. Scatteredmom says:

    Hi Annie!

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  8. Kim says:

    I just made this tonight. Very tasty. I can’t wait to take it to the next potluck I go to!

  9. Annie says:

    I’m so glad, Kim!!

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