Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
I have yet another amazing quinoa dish added into our rotation!  You would think that I would be getting tired of quinoa but I don’t think that it is even possible.  This spicy black bean and quinoa salad is an awesomely delicious dish that tastes great hot, cold, or at room temperature.

This spicy black bean a quinoa salad can hold its own as a main course or could be used to complement a variety of meals.  You could omit the chipotle pepper if you did not want a spicy dish or you could double or triple the hot pepper to make it a super spicy black bean and quinoa salad.  This is also a great recipe to make in bulk to eat throughout the week.

Quinoa is so versatile that it can be used in pretty much every recipe.

I discovered this recipe in the back of my recipe book.  I used to make it with orzo and I thought it would be super yummy if I switched the orzo for quinoa.  I was right, this is a super yummy dish that can be served hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Are you ready to make a batch of spicy black bean and quinoa salad?  If so here you go….

What you need:
  • 16 ounces of cooked black beans, rinsedSpicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
  • 1 cup of quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Bragg’s liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (I freeze the rest to use at a later time)
  • 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 scallions (or one bunch), sliced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 large red, yellow, or orange bell pepper (or a few small in all of the varieties!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Here is what you do:
First you want to prepare your quinoa:
Combine your rinsed quinoa (I used 1/2 cup of white quinoa and 1/2 cup of red) with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid for about 20 minutes or all of the liquid is absorbed.  Remove quinoa from heat and place in a shallow dish to cool.
In a blender or food processor place the vinegar, liquid aminos or soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil, and chipotle in the adobo.  Mix until completely blended.
Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa SaladPlace beans, veggies, and cooled quinoa into a large bowl.
Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa SaladPour your sauce from your mixer/food processor over and stir until completely mixed up.
Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa SaladAdd sea salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!
Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad


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