This delicious salad started out as a recipe request from one of our partner primary schools for their topic on Mayan Civilisation, but it's so fresh, vibrant and delicious, we decided everyone should try it!
You can buy pre-cooked quinoa in packets, but it’s cheaper to buy it raw and cook yourself.
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(Please note the allergens listed are indicative only. Allergens vary depending on brand; check the labels on the products you use)
May contain sulphites (black beans)
Ingredients (serves 4 adults):
- 190g uncooked quinoa, rinsed, OR 500g cooked
- 400g canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder (mild)
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Half small red onion, peeled and diced
- 1 red, orange or yellow pepper, de-seeded and diced
- 140g cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 120g sweetcorn, drained
- 1/4 small red cabbage, finely chopped
- 1 small green chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped (optional)
- Cook the quinoa by following the packet instructions. Leave to cool.
- In a large bowl whisk together the cider vinegar, lime juice, chilli powder, cumin and a pinch of black pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until blended.
- Add the cooked, and cooled, quinoa, black beans, diced red onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, sweetcorn and optional chilli pepper.
- Toss to combine.
So thinking about Quinoa & Black Bean Salad ...
Quinoa is an ancient seed, cultivated in South America for more than 5,000 years. It is a starchy carbohydrate but also a fantastic source of protein, and iron. It is also a good source of B vitamins and other minerals.
Black beans are legumes, packed with protein and fibre. They are also low in calories and fat, and are a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Vegetables are so good for us! Low in fat, sugar and calories and high in vitamins and minerals.
per 363g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 451kJ / 108kcal
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