Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

A light and healthy corn, tomato, and black bean quinoa salad. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and is both vegan and gluten free.

Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

I have to admit, I’ve fallen in love with quinoa. I recently gave this nutty healthy grain a try and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Quinoa has definitely been the latest food craze popping up in almost every recipe you see. Casseroles, stuffed peppers, side dishes you name it.

A couple months ago I picked up a bag of organic gluten free red quinoa at Trader Joes. Since then it has been sitting in the back of my cabinet unused. I have been trying to clear out the cabinets so I figured what better time than now to give this quinoa a try?

I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and nutty flavor of the quinoa.  It had more of a bite compared to rice which I liked. Why haven’t I tried this sooner??

I used red quinoa for the vibrant color to complement the vegetables and herbs I added.

White quinoa and red quinoa are very similar in taste and have the same nutritional value. Some say the red quinoa is a bit chewier than it’s counterpart. Quinoa is a healthy grain rich in protein and fiber. Just as quick to prepare as rice but comes with a lot more health benefits.

This is a great dish to make in advance. The longer it sits the more the flavors get to develop.

red quinoa salad

How to make Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Start by combining quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed. Meanwhile, add corn, beans, tomatoes, oil, lime, basil and cilantro to a large bowl. Add cooked quinoa and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Toss to combine. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days!

corn and black bean quinoa salad

I loaded this recipe with a lot of tomatoes, corn, and black beans. I added a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick.

If you have vegetable stock on hand use it to boil the quinoa with. Non-vegans can use chicken stock to add more flavor.

Quinoa is the perfect staple to go with any meal. It can be tossed with any vegetables you have on hand to make a quick side dish.

Variations

  • Chickpeas
  • Parsley or cilantro
  • Black eyed peas
  • Cotija cheese
  • Green onions

What to serve with Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

gluten free quinoa salad

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Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
A light and healthy corn, tomato, and black bean quinoa salad. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and is both vegan and gluten free.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup organic gluten free red quinoa I used Trader Joe's
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed
  • 1/2 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed. Meanwhile, add corn, beans, tomatoes, oil, lime, basil and cilantro to a large bowl. Add cooked quinoa and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Toss to combine.
Nutrition Facts
Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154.23 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.16g8%
Saturated Fat 0.69g4%
Sodium 80.11mg3%
Potassium 285.06mg8%
Carbohydrates 24.45g8%
Fiber 2.87g12%
Sugar 0.55g1%
Protein 4.55g9%
Vitamin A 168.64IU3%
Vitamin C 6.65mg8%
Calcium 9.99mg1%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy side dish, Gluten Free, Healthy Recipes, Quinoa, Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad