This is a favorite of ours! Super healthy and tasty! I have a hard time with other quinoa salads I've tried because the strong cumin taste is off-putting, but the ratio of cumin to oil and all the other ingredients are perfect in this one! Kid approved too! I like it chilled (great the next day!) so I'll make it a few hours before dinner and refrigerate it.
Zesty Quinoa Salad
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
4 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 limes, juiced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, optional
5 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 avocado, diced
Cook quinoa and water according to package directions or in a rice cooker. Set aside to cool.
Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.
Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, corn and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator. Top individual servings with avocado, if desired.