Black Bean Quinoa Salad


This quinoa salad with black beans, cilantro, and cucumber is ready in 30 minutes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 ½ cups diced cucumber

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring water and 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, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt together in a bowl to make dressing.

  3. Combine cooled quinoa, black beans, and cucumber in a large bowl. Pour in dressing and toss to coat. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can use a rice steamer to cook the quinoa. It makes perfect quinoa every time, though it takes much longer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
12g Fat
32g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 692mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 462mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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