Zesty Quinoa and Black Bean Salad


Discover a refreshing and vibrant dish with our Zesty Quinoa and Black Bean Salad. This wholesome recipe combines the nutty flavor of quinoa with the hearty texture of black beans, complemented by a medley of colorful vegetables and a tangy lime dressing. Perfect for a light lunch or a satisfying side, this salad is packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor.

Zesty Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • 200g (1 cup) quinoa, rinsed
  • 480ml (2 cups) water
  • 1 can (400g/14oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 150g (1 cup) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 60g (1/4 cup) fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the Quinoa: In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables: While the quinoa is cooking, dice the red and yellow bell peppers, finely chop the red onion, halve the cherry tomatoes, and dice the avocado.
  3. Mix the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  4. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, bell peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.
  5. Toss the Salad: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Ensure all ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Serve: Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors meld. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Rinse the Quinoa: Rinse the quinoa thoroughly to remove any bitterness.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor in the dressing.
  • Add Avocado Last: Add the avocado just before serving to prevent it from browning.
  • Customization: Feel free to add other vegetables like corn, cucumbers, or carrots for added crunch and variety.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I use another grain instead of quinoa? A: Yes, you can substitute quinoa with other grains like couscous, bulgur, or brown rice.
  2. Q: How long can I store the salad? A: This salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add avocado just before serving to keep it fresh.
  3. Q: Can I make the salad in advance? A: Yes, you can prepare the salad a day ahead. Keep the dressing separate and mix it in before serving.
  4. Q: What can I serve with this salad? A: This salad pairs well with grilled chicken, fish, or as a side dish to a larger meal.

Elevate your meal with our Zesty Quinoa and Black Bean Salad. This nutritious and flavorful dish is perfect for any occasion, offering a refreshing blend of textures and tastes that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized. Enjoy every bite of this healthy, vibrant salad!