Monday, September 12, 2011

Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Maybe it's because I teach on the quarter system and haven't yet gone "back to school" or maybe it's the 90 degree weather, but I'm having a hard time getting it in my head that it's fall next week.  *Quick promotion - look for a fun blog event HERE on the Autumnal Equinox next Friday*  When I took a walk around the Village this past weekend, there were signs for pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin bagels.  Halloween decorations and costumes are everywhere.  So, in defiance, I offer this summery dish.  It's especially for you gluten-free friends out there.  It's vegetarian too and I made it for a main dish for a lunch I had with friends a couple of weeks ago.  

But, since I can't deny that it's back to school season, here is a little video.  Consider this an instruction on how to pack your backpack.  A few weeks ago, we were playing "school" before her actual preschool started so big sister showed me what a student should bring to class. I'm not sure her actual supplies for pre-K last week met her expectations as I made her leave the pet cow home (there also were no wild animals in pre-K . . . at least, not last week). 

Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad (4 servings)
(from Beantown Baker)

1/2 c. dry quinoa
1/2 c. ripe but firm mango, peeled, pitted & diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cumin (or more to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)

Cook quinoa according to package directions.  In a medium bowl, combine the warm cooked quinoa, mango, red bell pepper, black beans, scallions and cilantro.  In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, cumin and salt.  Pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine.  Adjust seasonings to taste.

Refrigerate salad for at least 4 hours before serving for best flavor.  Serve cold or at room temperature.


  1. Your blog is so informative, great recipes plus life skills tips, like packing a back pack! Thanks for the help!