You see that salad in the picture above? Not going to lie, my husband and I ate the whole bowl in one sitting. The whole bowl. We both had seconds, then we (by we, I mean me) were like, well there’s only a drop left, so we may as well finish it. No point putting a drop back in the fridge, am I right? 🙂
Temps have been running in the 100° range for the last six days. Having this nice, refreshing salad for lunch the day I took my pics was AWESOME. The heat just has me craving much lighter foods than I normally eat.
This Spicy Quinoa and Black Bean Salad makes a great side dish for four to five people or could be a light main course for about three. There is minimal cooking time, so you aren’t heating up the whole house to make it. It transports well, and can be eaten cold, so it really would make a great lunch for those of you that are looking for some portable lunch ideas. It’s also vegetarian, so it’s an option for you plant-based eaters.
I included the seeds and ribs of the jalapeño because I like the bit of heat that it adds to the salad, but you can leave those out if you prefer. I’ve talked about how much I like white balsamic vinegar before, and it really is a great addition to this quinoa salad. It’s just so crisp and light, which makes it perfect for Summer. If you want a little bit more vinegar flavor than the recipe calls for, you can add a splash more at the end. I was kind of torn on whether it actually needed more myself.
- 1/2 cup quinoa , rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 small red bell pepper , diced
- 1 large jalapeno (2 if small), with ribs and seeds removed, if desired, minced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar (or more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
Cook quinoa according to package directions, then remove from heat and let sit, with the lid on, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then spread out onto baking sheet (or large plate) to let cool.
Place the beans, onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos into a large bowl. When the quinoa has cooled, add it to the bowl.
In a small bowl or jar, mix together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and cumin. Pour over the salad and toss to combine. Place into the fridge and let chill for one hour, then serve.
*Top picture updated on 5-19-2017