Super Simple Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad

This salad is a great source of vegetarian protein. Thank you to my colleague Krissy for the recipe inspiration and I believe the original recipe came from

This salad is really simple to throw together and is great for lunches. It has such an amazing burst of flavour with every bite. It was also a hit with my 2 year old who helped prepare it!



  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can black beans, rinse
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mango
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ( I like using roasted cumin)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric


  1. Rinse 1/2 cup of dry quinoa. Add to pot. Add in 1 cup of broth or water, a pinch of sea salt and the garlic cloves. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked.
  2. Mix the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl; lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, cumin, chili, and turmeric.
  3. Add in the black beans, cooked quinoa, bell pepper, mango, onion and cilantro.
  4. Combine with dressing and enjoy! I like to serve with arugula salad.


Simple Arugula Salad

  • 1 huge handful of arugula per person
  • 1/2 juice of 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • sprinkle of sea salt


  1. Lay arugula on a plate.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice on top, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
  3. Use your hands to toss a bit
  4. Then add the black bean and quinoa salad

Have you ever tried quinoa? If you have, what is your way to enjoy! Please share in the comments below!

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