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This quinoa salad is a great summertime recipe (or anytime you want to feel like it's summertime). Light and citrusy, it's a whole new way to enjoy quinoa. Lime juice and cilantro give a refreshing kick, while quinoa and black beans provide tasty vegan protein. If you're not vegan, add even more protein by adding chunks of chicken or turkey. This salad tastes great right away and even better the next day when all the flavors have had the chance to marry.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
15 mins
35 mins


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.

  • Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions in a large bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 8.9g; carbohydrates 33.8g; fat 11.5g; sodium 674.5mg. Full Nutrition