This healthy mango black bean quinoa salad with avocado will be your favourite easy lunch or summer salad. Dressed with a yummy honey chipotle lime dressing for vibrant, sweet flavour. It stays good in the fridge for days so can be made way ahead of time. If you want to meat/protein boost to your salad you can simply add a plain cooked chicken breast to compliment it.
SERVES 4 | TOTAL COOK TIME = 25 mins | PREP TIME = 10 mins
Per Serving = 497 Cals | Fat 17g | Carbs 76g | Protein 14g
For the quinoa:
¾ cup uncooked quinoa
1 ½ cups water
For the salad:
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 large mango, diced (about 1 heaping cup diced mango)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 avocado, diced
½ cup diced coriander
¼ cup finely diced red onion
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
For the honey lime chipotle dressing:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
½ teaspoon chipotle chilli powder, plus more if you like things a little spicy
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Add water and quinoa to a medium pot and place over high heat; bring mixture to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and cook for exactly 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove pot from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork.
While the quinoa is cooking, chop all your fruits & veggies. Once done, add them to a large bowl along with your cooked quinoa.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing: olive oil, fresh lime juice, honey, dijon, chipotle chilli powder, garlic, salt and pepper.
Pour dressing all over the quinoa salad and toss to combine. Garnish with extra coriander if you’d like. Serve at room temp or cold. Salad will stay good for 4-5 days in the fridge.
LET’S TALK ABOUT INGREDIENTS AND SOME OF THEIR BENEFITS:
Mango: It’s sweet and juicy, especially this time of year!
Black beans: Adds protein and fibre.
Avocado: Healthy fats for the win.
Red bell pepper: Adds the perfect amount of crunch and plenty of vitamins C & A.
Jalapeño: For fiery flavour!
Coriander: Because coriander is rich in immune boosting antioxidants.
Honey Lime Chipotle Dressing: this dressing is SO easy to make! It’s just a mixture of a little lime juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, dijon, chipotle chilli powder, salt and pepper. What’s not to love?