Quinoa Black Bean Salad

This Quinoa Black Bean Salad is busy with quinoa, canned black beans, frozen corn, black olives, red pepper, onion, cilantro and avocado all tossed in an amazing honey lime vinaigrette.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad is busy with quinoa, black beans, corn, black olives, red pepper, onion, cilantro, avocado all tossed in a honey lime vinaigrette

QUINOA SALAD

One of my favorite things to make are big beautiful salads cluttered with fresh organic produce, and I in particular love a good quinoa salad with avocado.  This quinoa salad has a delicious mix of healthy ingredients, including plenty of avocado,  all tossed in an incredible honey lime vinaigrette.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad is busy with quinoa, black beans, corn, black olives, red pepper, onion, cilantro, avocado all tossed in a honey lime vinaigrette

This quinoa salad is rich with fresh Mexican flavors and it makes a perfect vegan main or a healthy side to serve with grilled fish or chicken.   

Quinoa Black Bean Salad is busy with quinoa, black beans, corn, black olives, red pepper, onion, cilantro, avocado all tossed in a honey lime vinaigrette

QUINOA SALAD RECIPE

This vegan quinoa salad is one of my favorite quinoa salad recipes and it comes together in about 30 minutes start-to-finish.  It’s similar to my Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, which is also a family favorite!  

  • 2-1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 12-14 heirloom or regular cherry tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cooked frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup black olives, cut in half
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup quinoa salad dressing 

Preparation:

  1. Place cooled cooked quinoa to a large bowl.
  2. Mix together the quinoa, cucumber, red pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, black olives, avocado and fresh cilantro.
  3. Toss the salad with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the salad ingredients.
  4. Chill before serving.
  5. Serve with extra vinaigrette if desired.

QUINOA SALAD DRESSING RECIPE

I love this honey lime vinaigrette!  I’ve made it with lime juice and with orange juice – depending on what I had on hand.  They both work just fine for this dressing.  I’ve kept things on the mild side here, so if you like a wee bit of heat, then add another 1/2 teaspoon or so of finely minced  jalapeno to the mix.  

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (or orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced jalapeño pepper 
  • ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Preparation: 

  1. Using a wire whisk, mix the ingredients in a small bowl or add the ingredients to a mason jar, seal lid tightly, and shake 
  2. Chill in the refrigerator before using.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad is busy with quinoa, black beans, corn, black olives, red pepper, onion, cilantro, avocado all tossed in a honey lime vinaigrette

BEST QUINOA SALAD RECIPES

Quinoa Black Bean Salad is busy with quinoa, black beans, corn, black olives, red pepper, onion, cilantro, avocado all tossed in a honey lime vinaigrette

 

Yield: 4 servings

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 12-14 heirloom or regular cherry tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cooked frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup black olives, cut in half
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup quinoa salad dressing 
  • QUINOA SALAD DRESSING
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (or orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced jalapeño pepper 
  • ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Place cooled cooked quinoa to a large bowl.
  2. Mix together the quinoa, cucumber, red pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, black olives, avocado and fresh cilantro.
  3. Toss the salad with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the salad ingredients.
  4. Chill before serving.
  5. Serve with extra quinoa salad dressing if desired.

QUINOA SALAD DRESSING

  1. Using a wire whisk, mix the ingredients in a small bowl or add the ingredients to a mason jar, seal lid tightly, and shake 
  2. Chill in the refrigerator before using.

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