Quinoa and black bean salad

Healthy, quick, gluten free and vegan Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Mexican food often gets a bad wrap. Covered in cheese, sour cream, and layers of carbs it’s usually my last choice of cuisine, especially with bathing suit season right around the corner. Fear no more, I have an amazingly healthy Mexican-inspired dish just in time for Cinco de Mayo. The best part, it’s Vegan and Gluten free too!


Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Servings 10 people


  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 lime halved
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until lightly browned about 10 minutes.

  2.  Mix quinoa into onion mixture and cover with vegetable broth; season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed about 20 minutes.

    quinoa boiling
  3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes; mix in the black beans and tomatoes.

    quinoa, black beans and corn
  4.  Squeeze lime over salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle cilantro over salad and toss to combine. Garnish with avocado slices.

    Quinoa, black beans, corn and tomatoes

Quinoa and black bean salad

Now, you have a go-to dish not only for Cinco de Mayo but also for a quick lunch or dinner. I love how healthy and fresh this dish is, especially if you happen to have had a few cervezas or chips and guac. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is also one of my favorite dishes to make for company. It ensures that I have something for everyone’s diet and is a tasty side to grilled shrimp or steak.





2017-05-03T08:39:03+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Food & Drink|

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My name is Sarah and people know me as wife, daughter, mother, and a budgeting ninja. I’m detailed oriented and passionate about cooking. I love design shows and one day want to open a consignment furniture store. If I could have my way everything would be neat, tidy and in it’s place. I have two beautiful babies, Ava, 3 and Max, 16 months and I shouldn’t leave out our pups, Babe and Jordan. We live in the greater Princeton Area, in the good ole’ New Jersey.

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