Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

from closetcooking.com

Main ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
1 lg mango (peeled and diced)
1 red bell pepper (diced)
1 cup black beans(don't forget to rinse them)
1 jalapeno pepper (diced)
1 green onion (sliced)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)

Dressing ingredients:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lime (zest and juice)
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook quinoa as directed on package.
  • Mix main ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • In a smaller separate bowl whisk together dressing ingredients.
  • Pour dressing over main ingredients and toss to coat.
Changes that I made:
  • I substituted diced peaches for the mango (son allergic to mango)
  • Added diced avocado (yummm!)
  • Substituted diced yellow onion for the green onion (didn't have green onion)
  • Omitted jalapeno pepper and cilantro (didn't have either of them)
  • I added a bit of seasoning to the quinoa before it started cooking so it would have a great base flavor for the salad. (Better than Buillion brand seasoning)
This recipe is really good even with all the changes, (and healthy). My kids devoured it and fought over the last bits in the bowl! (even after I added avocado, which they all say they despise). If you haven't had quinoa before, it is good. It's basically like rice, only a bit smaller. And it has a ton of protein!

1 comment:

Livewell said...

Great salad idea! I'm going to try making it without any oil. I'll let you know what I substitute. There should be a black bean and mango salad on every recipe blog! Yummy!