Protein-Packed Quinoa Salad

This earthy, nutty flavored, grain-like seed makes a great rice substitute. It’s gluten-free, packed with protein, and delicious!

Life and Health tip:  Remember that grains in your salad still count as carbohydrate servings. To bulk up this meal, could add extra beans and serve with carrot sticks and fresh fruit.


Yields12 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time20 minsDifficultyBeginner

Ingredients

Salad
 1 cup uncooked quinoa
 2 cups water or vegetable broth
 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
 1 ½ cups sweet corn, frozen or fresh
 1 ½ cups tomatoes, diced
 1 orange, yellow, or red bell pepper, diced
 5 green onions, diced
 ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Dressing
 2 olive oil
 1 cumin
 1 garlic, minced
 ¼ lime juice
 ¼ salt (more to taste)
 ½ chipotle chili powder (optional)

Instructions

1

Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer for 2 minutes.

2

Add to pot with 2 cups water or broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid has absorbed and quinoa is tender. Set quinoa aside or put into refrigerator to cool down.

3

In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk together to thoroughly combine.

4

In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa with all other salad ingredients.

5

Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine.

6

Chill for at least an hour for better flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size ½ cup

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.5g6%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 152mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 27g9%
Dietary Fiber 4.5g18%
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 6g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

Salad
 1 cup uncooked quinoa
 2 cups water or vegetable broth
 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
 1 ½ cups sweet corn, frozen or fresh
 1 ½ cups tomatoes, diced
 1 orange, yellow, or red bell pepper, diced
 5 green onions, diced
 ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Dressing
 2 olive oil
 1 cumin
 1 garlic, minced
 ¼ lime juice
 ¼ salt (more to taste)
 ½ chipotle chili powder (optional)

Directions

1

Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer for 2 minutes.

2

Add to pot with 2 cups water or broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid has absorbed and quinoa is tender. Set quinoa aside or put into refrigerator to cool down.

3

In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk together to thoroughly combine.

4

In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa with all other salad ingredients.

5

Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine.

6

Chill for at least an hour for better flavor.

Protein-Packed Quinoa Salad
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