This superfood is easy to substitute into almost any recipe. Its subtle, nutty taste makes it an excellent fit for beefing up soups, salads, side dishes, or even breakfast bowls with a little extra nutrition.
Health Benefits of this Black Bean Quinoa Salad
All of the ingredients in this black bean quinoa salad are great for you. Here are the nutrition facts about some of these superstars:
Quinoa. This is a complete protein filled with fiber and all 9 essential amino acids, not to mention a great source of complex carbohydrates and antioxidants. Quinoa is also full of essential minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and folate, just to name a few.
Black beans. Like quinoa, these are packed with fiber, protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, and folate. They’re also low on the glycemic index and may moderate blood sugar spikes after meals.
Bell pepper. Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C to boost the immune system and other antioxidants that help reduce harmful free radicals in your body. They also provide vitamins A, E, and K.
Why I Love This Black Bean Quinoa Salad
Everything in this black bean & quinoa salad is brimming with both flavor and nutrition. The veggies are full of important nutrients, while the extra virgin olive oil adds the perfect amount of healthy fat to help you absorb all of the healthy foods in this dish.
This quinoa salad is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and corn-free.
Reasons To Make This A Weeknight Staple
This salad is a fantastic make-ahead for meal prep and almost tastes better the next day.
The recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
It is delicious whether hot, room temperature, or even cold.
Since it’s dairy-free, it’s OK to leave out for a few hours– or even bring to a potluck.
It’s really cost-effective while still packing a flavorful punch
I often eat this salad as a main dish for lunch or light dinner. It also makes a great side dish or pumped up with some grilled or shredded chicken breast for non-vegans.