Quinoa Black Bean Salad: The Perfect Summer Recipe

11how to make quinoa black bean salad recipe
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Quinoa is loaded with nutrients and packed with vitamins and minerals. It is gluten-free. 

  • Serving size: 1
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

Nutritional Value of Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Nutritional Value
Calories300 kcal
Carbohydrates35 g
Protein10.5 g
Fat15 g

Ingredients of Quinoa Black Bean Salad Recipe

Boiled Quinoa1/4th Cup
Black Beans, cooked1/4th Cup
Chopped tomatoes1/4th Cup
Chopped onions1/8th cup
Bell Pepper, Chopped fine1/8th cup
Jalapeno Peppers2-3
Water1 cup
Olive Oil1 tbsp
Cumin powder1 tsp
SaltAccording to taste
Lemon JuiceAccording to taste
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How to make quinoa black bean salad?

  • Rinse quinoa as the outer layer of quinoa contains anti- nutrient saponin which is very bitter.
  • Drain the water and soak for 20 minutes.
  • Take a pan, put water and add quinoa to it. Simmer in water and keep for 10 minutes. Do not overcook. Check if ready. Drain the water and fluff with a fork.
  • Now add boiled black beans, chopped tomato, chopped onion, chopped bell peppers, jalapeno and salt. Toss it well.

Take a separate bowl, add the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and stir and serve.

Benefits of Quinoa bean salad

  1. Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal, which means it’s not a true cereal but it’s consumed in a similar way. It is also  considered a superfood for weight watchers..
  2. Black beans add extra protein and fibre for a healthy salad that tastes great. 
  3. Jalapeno gives it a spicy southwestern touch.
  4. Lemon keeps it light and fresh.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is quinoa healthy?

Yes, quinoa is a very nutritious super food and is considered a complete protein source as it contains all amino acids.

Why is it important to soak beans before consuming?

Yes, Lectins are present on the outer surface of the food and are water-soluble so can be removed easily. Lectins are anti nutrients and major cause for obesity, chronic inflammation, and autoimmune diseases. They are found in all beans, kidney, white channa, black channa, pinto beans etc.

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