Colorful Cumin Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has become a new staple in our house since recently trying it for the first time. By the way, in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced keen-wa.

There have to be hundreds of quinoa salad recipes where it’s mixed with a variety of ingredients. So far, we haven’t been disappointed. This salad is very similar to the Bell Pepper and Black Bean Couscous Salad that Hubby loves so much. The spices are a bit different, and we both really enjoyed this salad, especially the sweetness from the mango!

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Colorful Cumin Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/2 ripe but firm mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cumin, or more to taste
Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to package directions. You should end up with roughly 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

In a medium bowl, combine the warm cooked quinoa, mango, red bell pepper, black beans, avocado if using, scallions, and cilantro.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, cumin, and salt. Pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Refrigerate salad for at least 4 hours before serving for best flavor. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Healthy Food for Living

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10 Responses to “Roasted Beets, Turnips, and Carrots”

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    SHERRY MURPHY — February 7, 2013 at 5:40 am

    fig vinegar? i am assuming this is the balsamic vinegar?

    • beantownbaker — February 7th, 2013 @ 6:34 am

      I fixed the recipe to be consistent. Any dark flavored vinegar that you enjoy would be perfect in this recipe.

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    Hani@haniela's — February 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    This dish sounds delicious, I love roasting veggies.

    • beantownbaker — February 8th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      Me too. In fact it’s pretty much the only way I prepare veggies…

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    Liz @ EatingPlaces — February 10, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love roasted veggies, especially beets! Looks beautiful.

    • beantownbaker — February 11th, 2013 @ 11:21 am

      Beets are one of my favorites too. Can you believe I had never had one until a couple years ago?!?

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    Mike — October 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I used 4 tbs butter and 4 tbs olive oil.
    Tossed vegatables, oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, 2 tsp or so dry sage and 2 tsp or so dry rosemary in large bowl and then spread on two baking sheets.
    Roasted for 30 minutes and then rotated cooking sheets in oven and roasted for another 30 minutes. No stirring required

    Added 4 smoked Polish sausages cut into 1″ pieces for last 30 minutes.

    Next time I will line cooking sheets with foil to make cleanup simpler.

    A real keeper!!

    • beantownbaker — October 28th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      What a great addition with the sausages!!

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    Zanne — March 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I had a beet that was wasting away in the fridge and a lonely turnip too. So I added them and 2 large carrots, all peeled and chunked, into a baking dish. Topped with 2 Tbsp sliced butter, coated with 2 tsp dried sage, half tsp rosemary, salt & pepper. After 1 hour in the oven, stirred, splashed with apple cider vinegar, and served. Very satisfying, and a nice accompaniment to roast chicken. Thanks for sharing!

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