Black Bean Quinoa Salad Medium

Summer Quinoa Salad

It’s still summer, technically, and so I’m still going to eat summer salads.  This one is a variation of my Festive Black Bean & Quinoa Salad Recipe using freshly picked produce from the garden – I used purple carrots, french filet beans, leeks and snow peas.


  • 1-1/2 cups of quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cups canned black beans
  • 1/3 cup carrots, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup snow peas, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup snap beans, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, chopped into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup leeks
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to package directions, taking care to rinse at least five times before cooking to eliminate bitterness. In a separate pan, saute leeks in olive oil until soft and set aside to cool.  Meanwhile combine apple cider vinegar and well-rinsed black beans together in the salad bowl you will be using.  Let the beans marinate until the quinoa is cooked and cooled, then drain the beans and assemble the salad by combining the beans, quinoa and chopped veggies.  Stir to combine and drizzle with a dressing made of lemon juice and a good quality olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Store in the refrigerator and serve as a healthy lunches or a side dish to chicken or pork.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Patsy Bell Hobson
    Patsy Bell HobsonSeptember 5,10

    Well, you just helped me decide “What’s for dinner?” tonight. Lovely photo.

  2. Julie
    JulieSeptember 5,10

    Ohhh you’re my hero, you posted a recipe I can actually make and eat on this miserable diet I’m on! This really sounds delicious, I love quinoa and black beans together, though I’ve never tried them cold before. I look forward to giving it a try with whatever I can rustle up out of my own garden. :-)

  3. Holly @ Tasty Travels
    Holly @ Tasty TravelsSeptember 5,10

    This looks fabulous! Very colorful and a great way to use up those veggies!

  4. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceSeptember 5,10

    That looks delicious and very healthy! Did you grow the veggies? :)

  5. Wendy
    WendySeptember 8,10

    love it. I make a similar salad and love it with some feta –oops never mind, you have feta in yours as well.

    The carrots in your photo are gorgeous!!

  6. Paula@SweetPea
    [email protected]June 27,13

    I have been looking for a good quinoa recipe. Yours looks delicious! I’m pinning and sharing.

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