Black Bean Quinoa Salad

I threw this together for a quick summer salad this week. My husband loved it so much that he said he would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Quinoa is so versatile and a great substitute for pasta or rice.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or other liquid*)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) corn kernels
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 bunch (4-6) green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (include seeds for heat)
  • spices to taste (I used about a Tbsp. of cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and black pepper)

*I had a small amount of leftover salsa which I added to the quinoa cooking liquid. You could use any broth, tomato juice or just water, depending on your personal taste.


Combine quinoa and 2 cups liquid in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. The quinoa should be chewy and have tiny white circles around each piece. Let sit a few minutes to cool and absorb a bit more liquid.


While the quinoa is cooking, open your cans and chop the vegetables. Place them in a large bowl. Add the slightly cooled quinoa and spices and mix together. You can serve it immediately or cool in the refrigerator and serve later. The flavors will continue to develop and it will be even better the next day.

Notes: If you have access to dried and soaked beans, fresh tomatoes or fresh/frozen corn, these would work equally well. You would want about 2 cups of each.

You could also substitute chunky salsa for the tomatoes and spices, if you want a quicker salad. Red or green peppers could be used instead of the jalapeno, if you don't like it to be so spicy.

I didn't have any fresh cilantro, but it would have been wonderful. I will add it in the next time I make it. Feel free to modify this simple recipe to suit your family's own tastes.


Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Source: I probably got the idea from Weight Watchers but the recipe is mine.

By Jessica from Hillsboro, OR

July 30, 20110 found this helpful

Mmm, this sounds, and looks, delicious! Quinoa is so nutritious, and so good. It makes an excellent substitute for cous cous when making tabbouli. I think I could eat your salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too!

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

This sounds so good, Jess, and I love the texture and flavor of quinoa and, of course, jalapenos ;-) I have to confess I am not a black bean kind of gal but I am definitely going to try this salad with cannellini!

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks guys, tabbouli would be good and I'm sure any beans would be fine in there too. Apparently this is becoming a weekly dish in my house, especially during the summer. :)

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

I think I would like to try substituting the large dark red kidney beans for the black beans in this salad, although we eat a lot of black beans with rice and fried plantains, the Cuban way. Any kind of bean suits us very well, but this salad sounds extra-delicious. I can't wait to try it now.

Thank you for sharing with us.


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August 2, 20110 found this helpful

I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! I used 1 c salsa and 1 c water to cook the quinoa and for seasoning I used black pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano and dried cilantro. I will be learning some new quinoa recipes. I'm thinking of making it for breakfast with cinnamon, a little brown sugar, raisins and soy milk. MMMmmmmm Thank you for posting this recipe!

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

This was super tasty! We're making it again for dinner tonight. :)

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