Looking for a healthy and tasty side dish that can also be an awesome easy lunch or dinner idea? This flavor filled zesty cilantro lime salad will turn anyone into a quinoa fan! I’ve been making this salad for a couple years now and it’s one of my favorite meals to keep in the fridge because all of the fresh ingredients marinate together and it tastes even better the next day!
Zesty Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad
(adapted from Allrecipes.com)
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice from 1 1/2 limes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 avocado, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. 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, and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro and avocado; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.