3.30.2010

quinoa salad with black beans and corn

Ok, there are not enough words to describe how good this quinoa salad is. In fact, I won't even try to think of worthy adjectives. Just know this: Since I first tasted this a week and a half ago, I have made it three times. Thrice. It is so good and hearty and chewy and satisfying and healthy. Hmmm. I guess those are pretty worthy adjectives after all.

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
1 cup frozen sweet white corn
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and garlic and saute until lightly browned.

Add quinoa and cover with broth. Stir in cumin, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes (or until all the liquid is absorbed).

Stir in frozen corn and black beans until heated through. Remove from heat and add chopped cilantro. Serve warm, room temperature or cold. Whatever floats your boat.

6 comments:

Melanie said...

I've been looking for a great way to use up the quinoa I bought at Trader Joe's a month ago. I'm going to follow your stellar reviews and try this!

Scrappycook said...

I make a similar salad but with the addition of lime juice, chopped red, yellow and green peppers, red onion and cucumber. It is so delicious and it keeps in the fridge for a week or more which I love. I'll have to try this version and eat it warm - sounds really good!

goldfixe said...

I actually just found out whay quinoa was a couple weeks ago when my wife cooked it. It seriously looks like the little silica gel balls in packets they put in stuff to keep it fresh but tell you not to eat. Like that only you can eat this kind and they taste good.

Looks good, Liz.

Brianna said...

Just thought I'd let you know that I made this.. and it is really good! My husband is excited to take some for lunch tomorrow! Thanks...

MH said...

Liz I haven't checked your food blog for a while now and it looks awesome! Love the great photos + text on photos and love the many yummy looking meals that I am going to have to try!

Ali said...

Made this last night and it was a huge hit. We've never tried quinoa before and we were amazed that something so healthy could be so good!