Last night was my first time trying quinoa. Everyone seems to be praising is lately, so I guess I was just a little slow to jump on the bandwagon. For those unfamiliar with it, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a tiny little grain that is prepared in much the same way as rice. This nutritious whole grain is grown in the Andes of South America and has been a staple of the Inca Indians and their descendants for centuries. Its name means “Mother Grain” though it is actually a seed, it belongs to the group called “ancient grains” that includes Amaranth, Spelt, Kamut, Barley, Buckwheat, and Millet. Like other ancient grains, it is extremely nutritious. Its protein, though less than some whole grains, is 90% digestible, meaning its protein quality is as good or better than that found in milk. In fact, it contains every essential amino-acid. (info from
So knowing that it’s good for me made me more willing to give it a try. Wyatt was a little hesitant at first, but the recipe was a hit. Here it is:
Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad
1 mangoes , peeled and diced small
1 red peppers , seeded and diced as small as you can get it
1 cup scallions chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro chopped **I used about 2 Tbsp…not a big fan of cilantro
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar **I used way more…just test as you go.
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil  **I used olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups cooked quinoa , cooled **IMPORTANT! Quinoa expands to 4x the volume when cooked! So only use 1/2 cup dry quinoa to start!
1 1/2 cups black beans , drained and rinsed (a 15-ounce can) **I used dry beans, soaked and boiled (pulled them from the freezer)

Combine the mango, red pepper, scallions, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Add the red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, and salt and stir to combine. Add the quinoa and stir until everything is well incorporated. Fold in the black beans. Serve immediately or let it sit for a bit to let the flavors meld.
I served this with pepperjack cheese quesadillas and it was DELISH! This is a great healthy summertime meal that won’t have you stuck in a hot kitchen all day!

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One Response to Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad

  1. Deidra says:

    You had me at mango. Sounds yummy!

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