Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Whew!  After a Super Bowl Sunday full of great friends, great laughs, and um…all of my favorite not-so-healthy processed dips and chips…thought it would be good to begin the week on a healthier note!

So gathered all of these yummy, colorful veggies to create this delicious quinoa salad.  I saw a photo of the recipe on a blog months ago and could not get over how gorgeous it was!  Love the colors, love the fresh, light ingredients, and love how simple it is to make!!  The chipotle-lime dressing was an especially delightful finish.

So if you’re looking for a bright, fresh recipe to fend off the winter blues…or just a fabulous meal yearround…would highly recommend this one!

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Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

You’ll love this yummy Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad Recipe! So easy and quick to prepare, and makes for an incredibly beautiful and delicious meal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup black beans (or 1 (15 oz.) can, drained)
  • 1 ear corn, grilled and kernels cut from cob (or 1 (15.25 oz.) can, drained)
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced (or 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Simmer the quinoa in the water until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Mix the quinoa, black beans, corn, red pepper, jalapeno, green onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.

Mix the oil, lime juice, chipotle in adobo sauce, cumin, hot sauce (optional), salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Toss the salad in the dressing, and serve.

Recipe adapted from Closet Cooking http://www.closetcooking.com/2009/08/corn-and-black-bean-quinoa-salad.html

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If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to use this recipe as a base for other salads!  In place of the quinoa, you could easily insert some other whole grains, lettuce, rice, or pasta.  :)