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Mango black bean quinoa salad is a light & healthy salad. Protein packed quinoa, black beans, sweet mango, crisp red peppers, green onions, and cilantro covered in an easy olive oil vinaigrette dressing. It's also great for lunch prep!

QUINOA SALAD WITH MANGO AND BLACK BEANS

This mango and black bean quinoa salad is the perfect way to get introduced to quinoa if you’ve never had it! Quinoa is healthy and packed with protein.

I love this quinoa salad because of the sweet mango pieces, crisp bell pepper, black beans and the homemade olive oil vinaigrette dressing. It’s really simple to make too. 

Mango black bean quinoa salad is a light & healthy salad. Protein packed quinoa, black beans, sweet mango, crisp red peppers, green onions, and cilantro covered in an easy olive oil vinaigrette dressing. It's also great for lunch prep!

WHAT IS QUINOA?

Quinoa has more protein than any other seed or grain. It’s actually a complete protein, meaning it has all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make on their own. 

Not only is quinoa healthy, it’s also a great substitute for pasta in salad recipes. Quinoa on it’s own has a nutty, hearty flavor which is why I love pairing it with juicy, sweet mango, sweet bell peppers, and back beans in this salad. 

HOW TO COOK QUINOA

Quinoa cooks just like rice does. It’s 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water or chicken broth. Combine the dry quinoa and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, cover with lid and reduce heat to low. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. The water should all be absorbed and the quinoa should be fluffy.

The most important part is to wash the quinoa before cooking it. It comes with a soapy smelling coating on it, and you want to rinse the quinoa off under running water for at least 1 minute to get rid of that. Because it will affect the taste of the cooked quinoa. 

Mango black bean quinoa salad is a light & healthy salad. Protein packed quinoa, black beans, sweet mango, crisp red peppers, green onions, and cilantro covered in an easy olive oil vinaigrette dressing. It's also great for lunch prep!

MY TIPS FOR THIS QUINOA RECIPE

  • Wash the dry quinoa before cooking it! This is so important. Measure the quinoa and put it into a fine mesh strainer. Run it under cold water for at least 1 minute to get all the residue, and soapy smell and coating rinsed off of it. 
  • This recipe calls for 2 cups cooked, cold quinoa. I cook 1 cup dry quinoa + 2 cups water or chicken broth. Cooking quinoa is 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid. 
  • For the best flavor, cook the quinoa in chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • The quinoa does need to be cold before adding it into the salad, so be sure to plan ahead!
  • Mango is hard to cut so my tip is to buy a container of pre-cut mango from the produce section of the grocery store. It’s already cut and peeled for you, so all you have to do is chop it up. 

 

Mango black bean quinoa salad is a light & healthy salad. Protein packed quinoa, black beans, sweet mango, crisp red peppers, green onions, and cilantro covered in an easy olive oil vinaigrette dressing. It's also great for lunch prep!
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Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad


Author Jessica
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Fridge Time 2 hours
Servings 8 (3/4 cup) servings
Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad is a light & healthy salad. Protein packed quinoa, black beans, sweet mango, crisp red peppers, green onions, and cilantro covered in an easy olive oil vinaigrette dressing. It's also great for lunch prep!

Ingredients
  

Quinoa Salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (at room temperature or chilled)
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Olive Oil Vinaigrette

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine OR white wine vinegar (can also use rice wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 large lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa, black beans, red pepper, mango, cilantro, and green onions. Stir together.
  • In smaller bowl, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients. Pour over the salad and mix well.
  • For best taste, let refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

For an easy way to cut mango: I peel the skin with a vegetable peeler and then slice down (with the mango vertical) on both sides. The middle of a mango is rough and hard, so you want to only cut the sides. It's just like an apple when you cut around the core, the mango is similar to that.
 
For 2 cups cooked quinoa: Add 1 cup quinoa + 2 cups liquid into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and reduce heat to low. Cook 15-20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. 

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 788IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

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recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Café

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6 Comments

  1. This is a delicious salad. I didn’t have mango so I used pomegranate seeds instead. I’ll be making this again!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Oh, that sounds delicious. So glad you loved it!

  2. Rahul Yadav says:

    Delicious! My family loved it this weekend for a cookout

  3. One of my favorite salads. I add a jalepeno and use lime olive oil that I get from California!

    1. Together As Family says:

      That lime olive oil sounds amazing! So glad to hear you love this salad.

  4. 5 stars
    I used 4 cups of cooked quinoa and added an avocado to make this go further- the sauce was still enough to make it taste AMAZING! Will be making this into a staple during mango season!!