Holistic Meals for the Family: Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Hi all! When Daniel brought the huge bowl back EMPTY from his Coppell Senior and Community Center wellness talk last week, I was floored! I was sure that there’d be a good portion left over! He said that they had loved it, that so many people asked for the recipe, and that we definitely had to share it on the blog! So, as requested, here is the Quinoa and Black Bean Salad that Dr. Dodge brought for lunch last week!

For those of you who didn’t attend the talk, Dr. Dodge discussed the benefits of eating high quality carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables, and- this recipe gives you a bit of all of those. You can read his talk in the previous blog post. This recipe can also easily be adapted for your preferences!

The original recipe is from epicurious.com – I’ve made a few tiny changes based on convenience and preference.


Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Prep and Cook Time: 30 min, plus time for quinoa to cool

Serves: 4-6

1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 ears fresh corn, sliced off the cob

1/2 cup green peppers, diced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped



5 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 1/4 tsp cumin

1/3 cup olive oil


Rinse quinoa seeds well before cooking. Cook with a 1:2 quinoa to water recipe, so cook 1 1/2 cups of dried quinoa with 3 cups of water. There are many methods of cooking quinoa, but I am happy with just boiling the quinoa and water together, then letting it simmer for 10 minutes or so. While the quinoa is cooking, add beans, corn, pepper, cilantro and vinegar and mix. After the quinoa has cooled, combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, salt, cumin. Slowly add the olive oil, continuing to whisk. Incorporate dressing to salad, add salt and pepper to taste (I add a good bit of pepper, maybe 1/4 tsp).

Salad can be served cold or at room temperature.

This is a versatile recipe, as you can change ratios and add any ingredients you like! Add halved cherry tomatoes, different types of peppers, cucumber, avocado…yum!


Cold quinoa salads are pretty popular – how do you make yours? Share recipes and ideas with us please!