Food You Can Use: Mango, Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

This is so tasty! Great as an entree or a side salad with lean beef, fish or grilled chicken.

1 1/2 c. uncooked quinoa

1 15-oz. can black beans, drained

2 large mangoes, cubed

1 red bell pepper, chopped

3 green onions, chopped

1/2 small red onion, chopped (or 1 small shallot, chopped)

Dressing:

1/2 c. cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeno, finely chopped (I omitted this & it tasted fine)

2 T. lime juice

1 T + 1 t. red wine vinegar

1/4 c. olive oil

1 t. cumin

salt & pepper to taste

Combine 2 3/4 cups water with 1/2 t. salt & rinsed quinoa. Bring to a boil over lower heat and cover. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Set aside or cool in fridge. Combine with other ingredients. Toss with dressing and serve warm-ish or chilled 30-45 minutes later.

Optional: garnish with 1/3 c. pan-toasted, chopped almonds. Yum!

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