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