Tropical notes, hearty beans, nutty quinoa and creamy avocado all mixed in a Lime Dressing
Fresh-tasting, Hearty and Delicious!
Seriously brightening a rainy day here with this fresh and colorful salad!
Nutty quinoa, hearty black beans, fresh and colorful mango and red pepper all mixed with a simple Lime Dressing and topped with creamy avocado. This easy to prep salad has an amazing mix of flavors and textures. It’s fresh-tasting yet hearty, and perfect as is or alongside any protein of choice.
Best part, it makes a large quantity and stays well for a few days (add avocado only when eating) so it’s great for feeding a crowd or meal prep.
A bright, fresh-tasting and hearty salad with a great mix of flavors and textures. Easy to prep, it's perfect on it's own or alongside any protein. Recipe heavily adapted from America's Test Kitchen.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Dinner, Salad, Sides
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
5 tablespoons fresh Lime Juice (approximately 3 limes)
½ jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and chopped
¾ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil
⅓ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 cup red bell pepped, seeded, stemmed and diced (approximately 1 medium pepper)
1½ cup fresh mango, diced (approximately 1 mango, peeled and pitted)
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 scallions, sliced thin, white and green parts
1 avocado, cut into 1 inch pieces, for serving
Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover and cook until water is absorbed and quinoa tender, approximately 15 minutes.
Let cool, the fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl. If making salad immediately, spread quinoa onto a rimmed baking sheet and let cool for 20 minutes. Then transfer to a large bowl.
In a small blender or food processor, process lime juice, jalapeño, cumin and salt until jalapeño finely chopped, approximately 15 seconds. Add oil and cilantro (while still running if using a food processor) and process until well combined, approximately 20 -30 seconds.
Add pepper, mango, beans and scallions to bowl with cooled quinoa. Add ½ the dressing and toss to combine. Taste and add more dressing as desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste.