The first time I tried this recipe was while working a postpartum shift for one of my clients. One of the tasks I often assist with is meal preparation. After assembling this simple, healthy salad, my client was kind enough to send a portion home with me to try. Let me tell you, my mind was blown at how delicious it was! Not only that, but it’s super quick to whip up, has lots of protein which is essential for postpartum recovery, and it’s vegetarian. It has become a staple in our home, and I am pleased to have permission to share this recipe with all of you.
Healthy Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lime (juiced)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
5 green onions (chopped)
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped
Tortilla chips for serving (optional)
Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until water absorbs (10-15 minutes). Set aside.
Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, red pepper flakes in a bowl. Add tomatoes, black beans, green onions to quinoa. Pour olive oil mixture over salad and toss. Top with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.
That’s it! I usually double the recipe to ensure lots of yummy leftovers. The best part about this quick, easy meal is that it can be customized to your liking. We have tried it with corn, ground beef, tortilla bowls and more. Try it and let me know what you think!