California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans – a delicious combination of quinoa, mango, coconut, edamame, black beans and more. This colorful salad is a great dish for your next barbeque, potluck or picnic. It is also a healthy and satisfying, light meal all on its own.

California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

I’ve come across many versions of California Quinoa Salad on the Internet this summer. I had to try it because it contains so many things that I love including, quinoa, mango, coconut and edamame.

I decided to add some black beans to my version because I love the combination of mangos with black beans. And, because my two 2-year old twin girls love black beans.


California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

A Colorful, Protein Rich Salad

This California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans is rich in protein from the quinoa, edamame and black beans. And, with all the colorful fruits and veggies, it is a delicious, healthy meal all on its own. Its also a wonderful accompaniment to grilled entrees such as steak or chicken.

California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

Great as a Side Dish or a Portable Lunch

This colorful California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans can be made ahead of time, keeps well in the refrigerator and is a great dish for a barbeque, potluck or picnic.

I also like to make a batch of this California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans for myself to enjoy for lunches during the week. I like to package the salad into individual portions and store in the refrigerator. Then I have healthy, delicious and portable lunches for myself all week, that I can toss in the cooler bag for trips to the beach, park or just to enjoy out on the deck.

California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 main dish servings or 8 side dish servings

California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans - a delicious combination of quinoa, mango, coconut, edamame, black beans and more. This colorful salad is a great dish for your next barbeque, potluck or picnic. It is also a healthy and satisfying, light meal all on its own.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • juice and zest of 2 limes (~ 6 tablespoons juice and 2 teaspoons zest)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh mango, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (either sweetened or unsweetened)
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions; set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice and zest and cilantro in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the cooled quinoa and remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
  4. Serve or refrigerate.
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California Quinoa Salad with Black Beans - a delicious combination of quinoa, mango, coconut, edamame, black beans and more. This colorful salad is a great dish for your next barbeque, potluck or picnic. It is also a healthy and satisfying, light meal all on its own.

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  3. Jennie @ TheHousewifeModern says:

    Looks great! Might have to give this a try.
    I’m just getting ready to feature a quinoa dish on my site, but it’s a hot (temperature wise) one with black beans, corn, etc. This cold one might be better for the summer!
    Jennie
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