Homemade: Mango Quinoa Salad

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer is here and with it comes any reason to eat outdoors. Picnics, outdoor concerts, and BBQs are my favorite summer staple. This flavorful salad is my go-to side dish for just such gatherings. I love that it's fresh and flexible, easy to put together, and packed with colorful ingredients. Sometimes I'll throw in a handful of chopped cucumbers for crunch or diced avocados for flavor. You can even swap out the mango for nectarines or peaches. Whatever suits your fancy. And it's always a hit. Happy alfresco eating!

Mango Quinoa Salad
(serves 6)

2 cups cooked quinoa at room temperature
1-14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 medium mangoes peeled and diced
One red pepper diced
Six green onions, thinly sliced
One handful chopped cilantro (about 1/2 cup)
Combine all ingredients in large bowl.

Dressing:
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Mix together and pour over salad.

Add to taste:
Kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper
Chill for 1-2 hours.

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