Addictive Quinoa Salad

August 25, 2013
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

I first tasted this salad when I served it at a brunch at my home, which was catered by The Market Place, a take-out food shop and caterer in Hollywood, Florida. The salad was a huge hit with my guests and I was intent on re-creating it. After many tries, I believe that I have finally succeeded. his salad is healthy, easy, and addictive. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. —Tarragon

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/3 large red bell pepper, 1/4" dice
  • 1/3 large yellow red pepper, 1/4" dice
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup rinsed and drained black beans (Busch's preferred)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a saucepan, bring the quinoa and the water to a boil over medium high heat. When it reaches boiling, cover the saucepan and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is al dente (about 15 minutes). [Note: I find that when making quinoa to use in a salad, the quinoa will be less "gloppy" if cooked in 1 3/4 cups of water for each cup of uncooked quinoa (vs 2 cups of water as is usually recommended]. Set the cooked quinoa aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Add the quinoa to a serving bowl and add the red pepper, yellow pepper, scallions, black beans and red beans, and mix lightly to combine.
  3. Add to the serving bowl the juice of the 1/2 lemon, the white balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper and cilantro. Mix lightly to combine and correct the seasoning.
  4. Chill the salad and enjoy! Salad will keep, refrigerated and covered, for up to 4 days.
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5 Reviews

Deborah January 23, 2019
This looks delicious and healthy...I have some leftover quinoa I want to use up. Wondering how long this would be good for stored in the fridge?
Tarragon January 23, 2019
It will stay very fresh for 2 days. It will remain edible for a few days after that but may get soggy.
Michelleology September 8, 2017
Red beans are mentioned in the directions but are not in the ingredient list.
Shirley September 8, 2013
How much cumin?
Tarragon September 8, 2013
1/2 tsp., so sorry, I will edit!