Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Black Bean Quinoa Salad: This is a simple and delicious salad for spring and summer! It is a spicy quinoa salad with black beans and peppers. The edamame, black beans, and quinoa make it a protein-packed dish that will fill you up and give you lots of energy!

Ingredients: Use organic ingredients whenever possible!

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup edamame beans (blanched; thawed if using frozen)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 can spicy black beans
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Drizzle of olive oil or safflower as needed
  • Optional- toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt (or garlic salt), cayenne pepper, and adobo seasoning to taste
  • Directions:

    1. Cook quinoa and let cool.
    2. Thaw edamame if using frozen (lightly boil; but do not overcook).
    3. Chop peppers and green onions.
    4. Toast pepitas if using. Let cool.
    5. Add can of spicy black beans to quinoa. Stir.
    6. Add juice of one lemon and a drizzle of oil. Toss in chopped veggies, pepitas and cilantro.
    7. Add garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and adobo to taste.
    8. Can serve right away or chill for a couple of hours.

    This is a simple and delicious high protein salad. This can be a complete meal or side dish. It will fill you up and give you lots of energy! If you are allergic to soy, you can substitute peas, avocado or green peppers for the edamame.

    Another option is to add corn instead of yellow peppers. I love it with yellow peppers though! If you cannot find spicy black beans, add additional seasonings like cayenne, chili powder, or cumin. I'll be adding many more salad recipes using whole grains like quinoa, amaranth, and oat groats with various veggies and seasonings. Stay tuned!

    You might also like these other quinoa recipes:

    Cheesy Quinoa Casserole
    Greek-Style Quinoa Salad
    Stir-Fried Quinoa

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