Black Bean Quinoa Salad 🥗

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This simple salad “bowl” – which includes black beans (food of the week) is packed with Tex-Mex flavor and is super easy to put together. 

It makes a meal on its own … but also is a tasty side dish with grilled chicken or fish.

⭐️Black Bean Quinoa Bowl ⭐️

(2 main dish/4 side-dish servings)

  • ⅓ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups diced plum tomatoes, seeds removed
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers 
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh green chile
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under cool running water. Let drain well. 

Bring the water to boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the quinoa, cover, and reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the oil, lime juice, chili powder, and cilantro. Mix together well and stir in the beans, tomatoes, peppers, and chiles. Add the quinoa and combine thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste

Place in the refrigerator to chill until it’s time to eat. DELICIOUS!