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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Are you looking for a delicious and nutritious vegetarian recipe? Look no further than this flavorful Quinoa and Black Bean Salad. Packed with protein, fiber, and a medley of fresh ingredients, this salad is not only satisfying but also easy to make. Whether you're a vegetarian or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, this recipe is a winner. Let's get started!

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 mins 20 mins 35 mins 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (185 g), rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (475 ml)
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (60 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, diced red bell pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, finely chopped red onion, and fresh cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss gently to combine.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more lime juice, salt, or pepper according to your preference.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is versatile and pairs well with a variety of dishes. Here are some serving suggestions to inspire you:

  • Serve it as a side dish with grilled vegetables or roasted tofu.
  • Use it as a filling for tacos or burritos.
  • Add avocado slices or guacamole for extra creaminess.
  • Enjoy it as a refreshing lunch or light dinner on its own.

Whether you're a vegetarian or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, this Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is a delicious and nutritious option. Give it a try and savor the flavors of this delightful dish!

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