This spicy and flavorful quinoa salad is loaded with plant-based protein from the quinoa and black beans.  It can be served as an entree or side dish.  I like it best at room temperature but it can be served chilled or slightly warmed.  It is oil-free and flavored from the red onions, jalapeno, fresh lime juice, garlic and cilantro.  It is so easy to throw together and always a crowd-pleaser.

I love this quinoa dish since it is studded with black beans which are considered a legume and part of both the protein and vegetable group.  They also provide dietary fiber and important nutrients such as iron and zinc.  This recipe is nutritious, colorful and easy to make.  It always gets raves reviews by both quinoa and non-quinoa obsessors.

I hope this recipe inspires you to try something new with quinoa.  If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by leaving a comment and rating it! And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it @eatingbyelaine and #eatingbyelaine so I can see!