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


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


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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6 Responses to “Grilled Caesar Salad”

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    Jennifer — May 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

    This was done on the Next Food Network Star last year. I thought it was really cool and interesting!

    • beantownbaker — May 24th, 2013 @ 9:33 am

      I’ve had grilled Caesar at a restaurant before. It’s definitely interesting and a unique dish to serve at a cookout!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love grilled romaine! This looks delicious!

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    Shannon — May 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    what a perfect use for your dressing!!

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    Paula — May 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    These look wonderful. I love Caesar Salad but have never done it on the grill. What a tempting idea. My husband loves his Weber and he’s been grilling on the same one for 15 years now…still working/grilling like a charm. Enjoy yours.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    This looks wonderful! The husband and I just recently got a grill, yay! I can’t wait to try this out 🙂

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