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Zesty Quinoa Salad

Prep Time:

20 Minutes

Cook Time:

15 Minutes


6 Servings



About the Recipe

Surprise others with how delicious this quinoa salad is - and surprise yourself with how easy it is to make!


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 5 green onions, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Optional mix ins: feta cheese, chopped kale, crushed tortilla chips


Step 1

Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.

Step 3

Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions in a large bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and black pepper.

Step 4

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator.

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