Saturday, April 23, 2011

Amazing Quinoa Salad

David and I were invited to his nephew's BYU graduation party yesterday. I was asked to bring a green salad..which I took...but I also took this yummy quinoa salad. MY NEW FAVORITE!!!! You can see pictures of this beautiful looking dish HERE, from of my top favs!

1 C. uncooked red quinoa
1 (14oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used 2 C. sprouted black beans I had in my freezer)
1 red pepper, chopped
1/4 C. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 C. frozen corn
1 small avocado, chopped into 1 inch pieces (I added another one)

4-5 T. fresh lime juice (I did half lime and half lemon)
1/2 t. salt (1 did 1 t. sea salt)
1/2 t. black pepper (1 did 1 t.)
1 garlic clove, minced (I was out of time and just did garlic powder...worked fine)
1/4 C. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 t. ground cumin (1 doubled this..cause I like cumin)

1. Cook quinoa according to directions...usually 2 C. water to 1 C. quinoa. (Mine had been soaking in filtered water, so it didn't need as much cooking liquid)
2. While quinoa is cooking, prepare the chopped vegetables and whisk together the dressing
3. Allow quinoa to cool after cooking for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Add the beans and vegetables and toss well
4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste. Bring salad to room temperature before serving.

Here is a picture of the salad from


  1. This was totally delish!!! Thanks for posting the recipe, Leanna!!!

  2. I made this today, except I used buckwheat! It was awesome!!! Thanks for the inspiration. I love ohsheglows! Happy Easter!!