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Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes

Several years ago, when I first discovered quinoa, I was looking for a tasty recipe to make with it. I found this one, and it was just what I was looking for – and so flavorful! I’ve been making this for many years now, and it’s always a hit at parties & potlucks – it’s a great side dish or even a vegetarian main course, and it tastes great cold or at room temperature! Enjoy!

Quinoa with black beans & sweet potatoes - cooked

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes
from Women’s Health
makes 4 servings

1/2 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
juice of one lime
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1. Place quinoa in a small-mesh sieve and rinse thoroughly.

2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium skillet (be sure you have a tight-fitting lid for the skillet).

3. Add sweet potato, scallion, and chile and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

4. Add quinoa; toast for 2 minutes.
Quinoa with black beans & sweet potatoes - cooking

5. Add water and salt.

6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and cover. Simmer until quinoa and sweet potato are tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

7. If liquid remains unabsorbed in the pan, raise heat to high and cook for 2 minutes until it boils off.

8. Stir in black beans and lime juice and cilantro.

9. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 196.1
Total Fat: 5.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 297.7 mg
Total Carbs: 32.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g
Protein: 6.5 g


Warm Quinoa Salad

Although it may not look like much, this is truly a tasty quinoa dish! It’s versatile enough to have as a side with almost any meat or fish, but it’s a bit more dressed-up (and tastier) than just plain quinoa. We had this recently as a side with some tasty blackened redfish – once again, it was a great side!

Warm quinoa salad - done 2

Warm Quinoa Salad
Adapted from Food & Wine magazine
Serves 4

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
Warm quinoa salad - rinsing quinoa

1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 medium shallot, minced
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
Freshly ground pepper
Goat cheese potato salad ingredients

In a medium saucepan, cover the quinoa with the water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until all of the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes. Stir and let cool to room temperature.
Warm quinoa salad - cooked quinoa

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the olive oil with the vinegar, honey, shallot and thyme. Stir in the quinoa, season with salt and pepper and serve.
Warm quinoa salad - dressing

Nutritional info:
Calories: 213.2
Total Fat: 5.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 51.7 mg
Total Carbs: 35.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 6.3 g