Spicy Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

  September 19, 2012  |    Blog

Our clients always ask us to recommend different types of whole grains to add to their meals to get energy. Most of our clients have had brown rice, whole grain breads and whole wheat pasta, and now many of them are trying quinoa! We’re excited about their willingness to try new things since quinoa is a whole grain that’s packed with protein and fiber and is simply delish.

Quinoa is a high-quality complex carbohydrate and packed with proteins and fiber. Plus, quinoa is Ssuper-easy to cook and fills you up with energy that lasts for the entire day.

We’re happy to have found this receipt bWanna give it a try too? We’re so happy to have found this recipe below. It’s Need a protein and energy packed salad., but don’t know where to begin? Try the –

(This recipe serves 4-6)


  • 1/2 cup red quinoa (or sprouted quinoa)
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice and zest of one lime, about 1.5-2 oz. juice, and 1-2 teaspoons zest
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 scallion, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1 cup roasted red/yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 1.5 to 2 cups cups cooked black beans
  • 1/4 cup picked fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. In a large serving bowl, whisk the lime juice with the zest, a pinch or two of salt, the chili powder, chipotle powder, and the cumin. Add the olive oil and whisk until the dressing comes together.
  3. Add the quinoa to the dressing and toss. Add the scallions, red peppers, black beans, and cilantro and toss well to combine. Garnish with additional cilantro and lime zest, if desired.

We found this recipe at this site below but cut the oil a good deal to save calories.


Is there a specific type of grain that you prefer? If so, what is it?

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