Healthy Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad with sweet corn, black beans and cilantro. [Thumbnail image]

Quinoa salad is a delicious and healthy dish that has a rich history. It was first consumed in the Andes region of South America and has since become a dish consumed around the world. Quinoa adds protein, fiber, and vitamins to the salad, while corn adds a touch of sweetness. Black beans provide a good amount of protein and fiber, making it a filling meal. This salad is both nutritious and flavorful and is perfect for lunch, dinner or as a side dish.

This quinoa salad is ideal for busy people, refreshing in summer and energizing in winter. The salad can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Quinoa is a highly nutritious grain-like crop that offers a range of health benefits. It is a complete protein source containing all nine essential amino acids and is high in fiber.

Quinoa salad is also a good source of several minerals, including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron. It has been linked to various health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, lower cholesterol levels, and increased satiety, which can aid in weight loss.

Quinoa may also have anti-inflammatory properties and potentially reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Overall, quinoa salad is a nutritious and versatile food that can provide numerous health benefits when incorporated into a balanced diet.

Ingredients for Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup (0.24 l) quinoa
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) cooked corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
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Directions for Quinoa Salad

  • Cook the quinoa in a medium saucepan of boiling well-salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well in a sieve.
  • While the quinoa cooks, stir together the onions, jalapeño, olive oil, lime juice and cumin in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the warm quinoa to the dressing, along with the black beans, corn and cilantro. Toss gently to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional value of Quinoa Salad (per 100 grams)

  • Calories 195 kcal.
  • Proteins 7.2 gr.
  • Fats 6.6 gr.
  • Carbohydrates 29.2 gr.

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