Black Bean Salad (You've Been Warned: It’s Delicious!)

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This meal is one of my absolute favorites! Packed with protein and ready with so little fuss—especially if you've precooked the quinoa and beans.


2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1/4 cup olive oil
Two limes/lemons, juiced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2  teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed OR 15 ounces of precooked black beans
1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Five green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until all water is absorbed, about ten to fifteen minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, coriander, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Combine cooled quinoa, beans, tomatoes, and green onions in a large bowl. 
  4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss with cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.


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