Sunday, June 26, 2011

quinoa, black bean & citrus salad

I have been wanting to try quinoa (keen-wah) for a while now after hearing and reading about how healthy it is for you. It is a seed that contains all 8 essential amino acids, 220 calories, 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of fat per 1 cup. It doesn't have much flavor by itself but is the perfect addition as a 'healthy filler' for salads and soups. For me, the corn is the highlight of this salad because it's not cooked and has that raw, crunchy, sweet flavor I love about fresh corn. I wait every year for the peaches and cream corn (white and yellow kernels) to arrive at the farmer's market and this recipe was the perfect way to use it. I will be making this salad over and over again this summer because it combines some of my favorite summer foods into one delicious bowl. 

Quinoa, Black Bean & Citrus Salad
recipe adapted from: Eat Live Run

for the salad:
1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, minced
2 grapefruits, divided into segments and chopped
2 ears of corn
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 c. quinoa
1 large avocado
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

for the dressing:
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Bring quinoa to a boil with 1 1/4 c. of water. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until quinoa is light and fluffy. Remove from stove and let cool while prepping the rest of the ingredients. Stir together black beans, red onion, grapefruits, red pepper, avocado and cilantro. For the dressing, wisk together the lime juice, cumin, and olive oil. Add quinoa to the salad and then pour dressing on top before serving. 


  1. The salad looks fantastic!
    I have tried quinoa for pepper stuffing but i would make great salad too!
    I'm bookmarking this salad!

  2. How much corn did you put in? I didn't see it in the recipe list. Want to give this a try!

  3. Just added it, I put in 2 ears of corn!

  4. This looks awesome! I'm going to try it!

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  6. Ohh I'm obsessed with quinoa, I'm definitely going to try this!

  7. Looks delicious! Anything with Cilantro and Avacodo has GOT to be good.

  8. @Andrew H. Thanks Andrew! That is so true, I have been on an avocado kick lately..mmmm mmm

  9. i made it with couscous!!! yum

  10. I made without the corn, but severed over a bed of mixed good!

  11. What a great salad this turned out to be and sooo healthy! My family dug right in without me having to pester them! lol I will definitely be making this again!

  12. This looks like a great salad that would be light and good for you at the same time. I can't wait to make this and I hope it turns out half as good as your photos! :)

  13. Hi! I saw your comment through Julie's blog - I've never made quinoa before and I'm looking for easy recipes. Your photo is beautiful!

  14. I just made this end it's pretty delicious, however, next time I'll leave out the grapefruits and maybe try oranges. Holy sour! I actually added some sugar after doing a taste test.

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