Quinoa Black Bean Salad Spiced with Cumin

The second recipe made in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen is a high fiber salad.


The Quinoa Black Beans Salad Spiced with Cumin is filing and nutritious.


This salad is high in protein as 1 cup of black beans has 13g of dietary fiber.

Minoo shared with us some facts and nutritional values of quinoa in the kitchen. I had blogged about it here.

1/4 cup of quinoa has:

  • 170g calories
  • 3g fat
  • 5mg sodium
  • 30g carbohydrate
  • 3g dietary fiber
  • 1g sugar
  • 5g protein


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen or from can)
  • 2 x 15 ounces (540ml) cans black beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or more for drizzling on the salad
  • chili powder for garnishing, optional


Source: via Minoo


Quinoa-Black-Beans-Salad-Spiced-with-Cumin-3Rinse quinoa thoroughly several times.

Combine quinoa with vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

Lower heat to simmer for 20 minutes or until all the broth is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.

Fluff with a fork.

Let cool.If using frozen corn, stir in the corn after 15 minutes to allow the corn to heat through.

Quinoa-Black-Beans-Salad-Spiced-with-Cumin-20Rinse black beans under cold running water thoroughly to get rid some of the sodium.

Similarly with corn from can if you are using.

Quinoa-Black-Beans-Salad-Spiced-with-Cumin-5Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.

Season with cumin and cayenne pepper.

Let cool.

Quinoa-Black-Beans-Salad-Spiced-with-Cumin-7In a large bowl, combine black beans, corn, cilantro and spiced onion.

Add quinoa and stir to mix.

Quinoa-Black-Beans-Salad-Spiced-with-Cumin-9Flavour with lemon juice to taste.

Drizzle with a tablespoon or more of olive oil.

Quinoa-Black-Beans-Salad-Spiced-with-Cumin-13Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with chili powder if desired.

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