Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa is my new favorite grain. Nutty and chock full of protein, it’s marvelous in this lightly dressed Quinoa and Black Bean Salad.

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Today I’m guest posting for my sweet friend, Kimberly, of Badger Girl Learns to Cook, who happens to be celebrating her birthday today.Β  We became friends via Foodbuzz, and I have a soft spot in my heart for this Wisconsinite. She is one of the healthiest eaters I know…almost vegan with a focus on non-processed foods. And even though my blog is about as unhealthy as you can get, I, too, try to avoid artificial flavorings, bad fats (butter doesn’t count, does it????), and ingredients like canned soup.Β  I was asked to share a healthy dish…so I went to an ingredient I’d been wanting to use again, quinoa. I made a Quinoa Black Bean Salad that is sure to please your palate!

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

I hope you’ll visit Badger Girl Learns to Cook to check out my post and wish Kimberly a happy birthday! And please don’t miss my Holiday Recipe Club post from earlier today (yeah, yeah…this isn’t scaling back on posts, is it? Such craziness!).

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad~

Adapted from Gourmet

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa (cooked in salted water according to package instructions)
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (15 ounce can, rinsed)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 pickled jalapeΓ±os (minced)
  • 1-2 avocados (chopped)
  • 1 package grape tomatoes (sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  1. Cook quinoa using package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl to cool.
  2. Combine beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Add to quinoa along with corn, peppers, avocados, tomatoes and cilantro. Gently toss.
  3. Make dressing by combining lime juice, salt and cumin. Whisk in oil. Drizzle over salad. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.


  1. This fabulous salad looks so delicious…I just recently discovered quinoa and I really enjoy it….and I love black beans.
    Cute lil’ cherry tomato all by itself on the side. Is that for Lambeau? My Teesha would have gobbled it up.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe and pics πŸ™‚

  2. This is great! Actually one of my favorites. I have made it before numerous times for my lunch at work. It is so great and amazing how filling it is with just a little bit.

  3. I love quinoa is so versatil and lobe this recipe dear!!
    Happy Easter dear Lizzy!

  4. This is a great healthy, light warm weather meal! I love how colorful it is. I’m a big fan of kimberly’s blog, heading over now! πŸ™‚

  5. Stefania B. says:

    uhmm once i tried quinoa and tasted awful, maybe i don’t now how to use it! this salad look good.

  6. I love quinoa! Looks great in this salad. COngrats on the award Liz. I hope you have a wonerful Easter! I am sure you will be cooking lots for your boys

  7. Rosemary says:

    I’ve got this box of quinoa in the pantry itching to have something good done with it. I think I’ve found it! Thanks for testing this. Looks wonderful, Liz.

  8. Navaneetham Krishnan says:

    I have never used quinoa into my cooking before, so I need to find out where to get them first.

    I am all in for salads and being vegetarian, its a perfect dish for me. Once I get the quinoa, am going to make it to be enjoyed into.

  9. The Mom Chef says:

    I really do need to try quinoa because so many dishes, like this one, look fantastic. I’ve always thought that I wouldn’t like it much because of the texture, but who knows. With the right stuff mixed in with it, it could be delicious, right?

  10. motherrimmy says:

    I’m such a big fan of quinoa. It’s such a healthy addition to any meal. This recipe is on my list of must makes.

  11. Quinoa and black beans? this is right up my alleyway πŸ™‚

  12. It’s as delicious as healthy!! Good job, dear =)

  13. Kimberly says:

    Great recipe! Thank you for the find intro and I am so excited to introduce more of my readers to you. πŸ™‚

  14. Pegasuslegend says:

    A pretty dish for EASTER tables… lovely!

  15. I love this salad! I have my own version of it too, so addictive! (in a good way :)). Happy Easter!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  16. Cassie/Bake Your Day says:

    I love quinoa salads, Liz. This is right up my alley!

  17. Congratulations for the awards! Butter is a very good fat. I totally agree!
    The salad is beautiful and quite original. I have never cooked with quinoa, so thank you for sharing this recipe.

  18. Rosella says:

    I could eat Quinoa till the cows come home!!! This recipe looks delicious.

  19. Loveforfood says:

    It’s rich, flavorful, and i will definitely have a smile on my face after I eat it.

  20. SerenaB says:

    I love how healthy this is! Perfect for a hot summers night! Now if only summer would arrive in the Northwest!Have a great weekend!

  21. Anita at Hungry Couple says:

    She asked YOU to make something healthy? πŸ™‚ Just kidding. I love this kind of food and make a variation of this salad with bulgar wheat. I also suspect you actually eat this way, too, which is how you stay skinny πŸ™‚

  22. Two of my favorite ingredients! Happy birthday!

  23. I’ve still never tried Quinoa. It’s sad but true. This looks so delicious. Maybe the first time I try it, it will have to be with this gorgeous salad πŸ™‚

  24. Kiri W. says:

    Beautiful! πŸ™‚ I really need to experiment with quinoa – but I love the flavors in this. Looks like it would be very filling, too!

  25. Cucina49 says:

    This salad looks wonderful–I adore quinoa and it’s good to see it featured with spring vegetables.

  26. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

    Delicious salad – I love quinoa – cumin is a great addition!
    Mary x

  27. Jackie Dodd {Domestic Fits} says:

    I love quinoa salad! I make it all the time, I’ll have to add this to the normal rotation πŸ™‚

  28. Jenn Kendall says:

    this salad looks lovely! and i love that you put cumin in it, one of my fav spices!

  29. Jersey Girl Cooks says:

    I have been using lots of quinoa lately. Love the spice in this recipe.

  30. Asian-spice mix says:

    Butter is healthy for me,because I use them so often πŸ™‚ LOL,,,Btw great healthy salad recipe,I just love everything in it !!

  31. I know I would enjoy this. I love southwestern food and just the idea of infusing those flavors in quinoa does intrigue.
    Your did looks very inviting with all those fresh cherry tomatoes in there-yum!

  32. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Lizzy! I’ve never cooked quinoa before and have seen so many qunioa recipes. I’m procrastinating big time… I love this beautiful salad though. It looks great for spring/summer salad.

  33. Your salad looks terrific! I’m looking forward to checking out your guest blog.

  34. Jennifer says:

    Wow – that is just beyond awesome!

  35. Cathy Wiechert says:

    Oh, I just love quinoa…so easy and healthy! Your dish looks very tasty, Liz..I’m pinning. πŸ™‚

  36. Cheryl Kohan says:

    Quinoa is a favorite and this salad looks amazing. Your photos are great, too. I have everything I need for this except I think I’m out of black beans…easily remedied.

  37. Elisabeth says:

    It’s gonna be nice for you to slow down a bit with your posting…you will be able to enjoy some “free” time for yourself.
    Love your quinoa salad, so light, and delicious. Lora often makes quinoa salad, and I enjoy it too!
    Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family, Lizzy!

  38. I have never cooked with quinoa. This looks like one tasty salad, I guess it’s time I branch out.

  39. I heart quinoa. i just had it for lunch today. This looks tasty!

  40. Yes indeed a bit of balance is needed around here. This may be my dinner all of next week.

  41. Yum! Looks like a tasty tomato & quinoa salad. Congrats on the award!

  42. This looks delicious Liz! I’ve been trying to eat more quinoa too, I know its so good for you. I think I’m going to give this a try tonight! These are all of my favorite flavors (except for the jalapeΓ±os, I can’t do lots of spice, my stomachs not a big fan πŸ™‚ I love how quick this is, yumm! Let you know how it goes!

  43. Another great quinoa recipe that would certainly satisfy this glutton. πŸ™‚

  44. Curry and Comfort says:

    Lizzy this looks amazing and healthy! I have guest posted for Badger girl and I felt like I better bring my healthy A-game! LOL! This certainly goes beyond that.. well done!! Now go bake some cookies because you know we have to balance it all out! πŸ™‚

  45. This sale looks so so good…
    I have been using quinoa a lot more these days, this will be sure on my make list…

  46. Quinoa is yummy! This recipe looks absolutely fab. Bookmarked!

  47. Torviewtoronto says:

    quinoa looks fabulous and colourful

  48. C&C Cakery says:

    As a vegan, quinoa is my super food. This would be lovely for me to bring to a summer BBQ – I love introducing other people to this wonderful food πŸ™‚

  49. This recipe sounds wonderful Liz! I love quinoa, and your salad is so packed full of nutrition!

  50. Baker Street says:

    Happy Easter Liz!

    Love the combination of quinoa and black bean. Sounds healthy and delicious. Just perfect.

  51. Baker Street says:

    Happy Easter Liz!

    Love the combination of quinoa and black bean. Sounds healthy and delicious. Just perfect.

  52. www.you-made-that.com says:

    Yum I’m always on the look out for a quinoa recipe! Looks great πŸ™‚

  53. Magic of Spice says:

    I adore quinoa, in fact I just prepared some for Easter yesterday πŸ™‚
    This really looks delicious, and congrats on your awards πŸ™‚
    Will go check out your guest post πŸ™‚

  54. This salad sounds great. I have a quinoa black bean salad I often make that is somewhat similar. I like your use of jalepenos.

  55. easyfoodsmith says:

    Such a delicious and healthy salad.

  56. Javelin Warrior says:

    Lizzy, I’m so behind in reading I just now got to this post – and it looks very appetizing. Which I think is hard to achieve with quinoa despite how versatile of an ingredient quinoa is… And I don’t blame you at all for trying to reduce the number of blog-posting days. Sometimes it really does feel like a marathon πŸ˜‰

    OK, off to check out the Badger Girl and other blogs mentioned here…

  57. Full Flavored Life says:

    I added extra bell pepper and left out the pickled jalapeΓ±os. It was great! Thanks for sharing!

  58. I have never had quinoa but I have a bag of it unopened waiting to be used. πŸ˜€ This salad looks beautiful.


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