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Quinoa, Black Bean & Mango Salad


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Quinoa, Black Bean & Mango Salad

Quinoa, an ancient “grain” that’s actually an edible seed related to beets and spinach, makes a fantastic base for a salad. Its mild, nutty flavour lends itself well to soups, grainy breakfast cereals and anything in which you’d use rice or couscous. With a lighter, fluffier texture than most whole grains, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, making it an excellent source of complete protein.With a lighter, fluffier texture than most whole grains, quinoa is also a rich source of protein.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 15 min
  • Ready Time : 35 min


8 Servings


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups (packed) baby spinach, torn or sliced
  • 1/2 cup (half 19-oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 English cucumber, chopped
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped, or 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


1.    Rinse quinoa well under cool water in fine sieve or in several changes of water. Drain well.

2.    In large pot of boiling salted water set over medium heat, cook quinoa until tender but still firm to bite, about 15 minutes. It’s done when germ separates, making it look like a curly Q.

3.    Drain well and return quinoa to pot off heat. Cover with tea towel and replace lid, allowing it to steam and producing fluffy quinoa as it cools.

4.    In large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, mango, pepper, spinach, black beans, cucumber and onions.

5.    To make dressing, combine canola oil, vinegar, honey, curry and cumin in jar or small bowl and shake or whisk to blend.

6.    Drizzle salad with dressing and toss until well coated.

Source: Canola Info


Servings Per Recipe: 8 Servings

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 160
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 151mg
  • Total Carbs: 23g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 5g


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6 Responses to Quinoa, Black Bean & Mango Salad

  1. This looks great. I bet it would be great with poached salmon.

  2. avatar says: Jo


    I cant find black beans can I use butter beans or red kidney beans, what about Garbanzo beans?



    • I think any of them would work well, but probably the red kidney beans would be my choice.

  3. I have already made this recipe three times and absolutely love it! It not only tastes great but is easy to make, and very healthy.

  4. avatar says: holly

    Can regular balsamic vinegar or regular vinegar be used instead of white balsamic vinegar. What other substitute would you recommend?

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