Black Bean Quinoa Salad

I posted a picture on IG and FB of the amazing black bean quinoa salad we had at our Fourth of July dinner, and a lot of people asked for the recipe. So I will list it out for you here. This is a recipe my mother-in-law discovered at a party she attended and we have been loving it ever since. Sometimes quinoa isn't the most tasty base out there but in this salad it's divine!


Black Bean Quinoa Salad

1 c. quinoa (prepped as stated on box)

Mix below ingredients together in large bowl, then add quinoa last:

1 can black beans           
½  small onion, chopped (red or white, based on preference)
½  bell pepper, chopped
~ ¼ cup kalmata olives, chopped (approx)
~ ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered (approx )
~ 1/8 cup fresh basil, chopped (approx )
¼ t. garlic powder
½ t. salt
cracked pepper           

Top above with dressing and toss:

2 T. apple cider vinegar

(optional) Sprinkle final salad with Bragg’s liquid aminos (or you may substitute soy sauce), to taste.

Serve chilled.


  1. I am not usually a fan of quinoa, but this looks great. I think. I'll be picking a few things up to try it.

  2. That looks amazing! I've been hesitant to even try quinoa... but maybe I'll start here! :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Just made this.. can be tweaked easily.. I doubled the recipe, used regular olives and a large tomato (or 2) and no vinegar or basil.. it is DELICIOUS! Make sure you drain the beans and rinse them though!

  4. Finally got my act together and made this for lunch. So yummy. Thanks again for sharing.


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