Healthy Quinoa Salad

Quinoa SaladMy 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


  1. 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.
  2. Combine oil, lime juice, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes into a boil and whisk together.
  3. 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.

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  1. Cathy Bathke on June 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks that looks delicious

  2. Jeff Perotti on July 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    My girlfriend made this for me. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing it!!!

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