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Quinoa Salad Recipe with Black Beans, Corn & Avocado

This vegan quinoa recipe has great flavor and is a perfect lunch or side dish for you to try with dinner tonight.

I didn't grow up eating quinoa, but starting a vegan journey will open your world up to a lot of amazing seeds, grains, vegetables, and fruit.

I promise there's so much variety! Be open to experimenting and having some fun in the kitchen.

You can find quinoa in most grocery stores these days. It's usually in the same aisle as rice.

Remember to rinse it before cooking to remove the bitter saponin coating.

Check out the video and full recipe below…

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn & Avocado

by Brown Vegan

Keywords: steam entree side vegan vegetarian gluten-free sugar-free soy-free

Ingredients (4 as a meal & 6 as a side)

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
  • 3/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 avocados, pitted and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped


Combine quinoa and water in a small pot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat (to low), cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.

Use a fork to fluff your quinoa, then transfer to a large bowl.

Mix in cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and salt.

Allow quinoa to cool, then add in all the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.

Adjust seasoning to taste (I usually add in all the spices again to make sure the vegetables have flavor).

Cover and chill in the fridge or eat it at room temperature.

I usually store this quinoa salad in a glass dish, place a paper towel on top, then cover.

Consume this dish within 3 days.


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July Favorites

Happy August!

I recorded a new video for my July favorites. I didn't try many store-bought items this past month, but did want to share a little of what we've been eating and drinking. Did you try anything new and exciting in July? Leave me a comment below. :-)

Items mentioned in the video:

*Banana smoothie....I've been adding chia gel  (1 tbsp of chia seeds and about 1/2 cup water soaked for 30 mins) to my smoothie.

*I didn't have many store-bought items but I wanted to tell you guys about my Diva Cup. I love having an alternative that's better for the environment, convenient, and discreet. Check out the Diva Cup website for more info. I also wrote about my experience last year here.

*Quinoa rocks! I love it for lunch with black beans, cilantro, salt pepper and lime juice. 

*Book:  You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

*Quote: "Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20." 

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*****All items in the video were purchased with my own money**** 

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