Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Chile Verde Dressing

by | January 30, 2019

Black beans, kidney beans, and quinoa all have something very beneficial in common: plant protein. I love this black bean and quinoa salad combo because you can easily get half of your protein intake in one meal without even trying. This salad is spicy with a little sweet and delivers a meaty texture. It’s a great salad to make for a snack or a meal. My littles love to scoop it with tortilla chips, and it’s easy to throw in a mason jar for a take to work lunch, or my favorite, spoon it into a corn tortilla for a hearty taco filling. We also love to mix up the dressing and the vegetables in the salad to create different renditions of this quick and easy meal. Whichever way you choose to eat it, know that you are getting great benefits from a healthy, guilt-free, and protein packed salad.

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Chile Verde Dressing

black bean and quinoa salad
black bean and quinoa salad

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For the salad

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes , diced

For the dressing

  • 1 (4 oz) can green chilies
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  • In a medium mixing bowl, toss together black beans, kidney beans, quinoa, corn, green onion, cilantro, avocado, and tomatoes. Set aside.
  • In a blender, add all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Start with 1/2 cup dressing and pour over salad mixture. Toss until fully coated. Add until desired amount of dressing is reached.

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Lindsay Robeson

Lindsay lives a plant-based life in Arizona with her husband and 2 little girls. She believes in the healing power of plants and is loving all the of the benefits. She would love to be given the opportunity to inspire everyone to live the plant life without sacrificing the taste of food. Check her out on Instagram, Website, and Facebook.

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