Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Black Bean and Sweet Corn Quinoa Salad

I seem to be using a lot of black bean lately which, I guess is not always bad since they are pretty good for you. I really like to have sides that aren't heavy and are a good light snack. I have found many recipes similar to this one but just have never made it. This recipe is really simple doesn't require a lot of ingredients and it healthy. Because of the Quinoa and black beans there is quite a bit of protein in the salad. 
Black Bean and Sweet Corn Quinoa Salad
Adapted from Melskitchencafe
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Medium yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced ( or more i put 4 because I love garlic and it wasn't over powering) 
3/4 cup uncooked Quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup frozen sweet white corn
2-15oz cans black beans rinsed and drained
1/2 cup cilantro chopped

In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. When hot and the onions, saute for 4-5 minutes, add garlic for about a minute.

Add the quinoa and cover with broth. Stir in cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until almost all the liquid has absorbed. 

Stir in frozen corn and black beans. Cover and let pot sit of the heat until corn and beans are heated through. About 5-6 minutes. Stir in Cilantro. Serve warm or chilled.
I served mine chilled and it tasted even better the next day. Great flavors and I really load up on the cilantro because I love that stuff too. This is a great salad to bring to any potluck or party!! A definite keeper and crowd pleaser.
My husband said you can for sure make this again and soon please! Enjoy

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