Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mango Quinoa Salad

Mango Quinoa Salad.... this is my new favorite dish/side dish. It is so fresh and fabulous. It has a great lime-y flavor and I loved it.

I want to try it over a fresh grilled fish or chicken breast. I think it would be yummy! Plus it was easy to make.

{{Mango Quinoa Salad}}

2 cups cooked Quinoa, at room temperature or chilled**
1 14 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium mango, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, sliced thinly
1 handful of chopped cilantro (about 1/2 cup)
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice, (about 1/2 lime or up to a full lime, to taste)
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper

**Quinoa can be cooked in water or broth. Vegetable broth or chicken broth offers extra flavor into the quinoa and is great!

Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add black beans, mango, red pepper, green onions and cilantro. In a separate bowl mix together vinegar, oil and lime juice. Whisk until smooth and then pour on top of the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Salad should chill for at least an hour before serving so the flavors can blend together. Enjoy alone as a meal, as a side dish or over chicken or fish.

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