Hearty and healthy Quinoa and Black Bean Salad that’s perfect for January:


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed.
  3. Remove the quinoa from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the black beans, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro.
  5. Add the cooled quinoa to the bowl and stir to combine.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  8. Gently fold in the diced avocado.
  9. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is a great option for January because it’s healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. Quinoa is a nutritious grain that’s packed with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Black beans are also a great source of protein and fiber, and they add a delicious texture to the salad. The fresh veggies and herbs provide a variety of nutrients and add bright, fresh flavors.

This salad is perfect for meal prep or as a side dish for a main course. It’s also a great option for a vegetarian or vegan meal. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a delicious and healthy meal this January!