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┬áthat 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