My family enjoys this healthy quinoa salad throughout the spring and summer months. Combine this salad with some grilled vegetables and a lean grilled meat of your choice (salmon, 93% ground beef or better, chicken or pork loin). You and your family will not only enjoy a delicious meal, but also one that is well balanced!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste (optional)
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes or 1 (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Combine water and quinoa together in pot. Turn heat on high and wait for mixture to come to a boil. After it has come to a boil, turn down the heat to medium-low and cover for 15 minutes. Take off heat source and add into a boil so that it can cool.
- Combine oil, lime juice, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes into a boil and whisk together.
- Combine remaining ingredients (Quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, green onions, cilantro) to oil mixture and mix together. Ideally chill for a several hours, however can be served immediately or slightly chilled.
Inspired by Zesty Quinoa Salad on Allrecipes.com