Lime Cilantro Black Bean Quinoa Salad

by Destini on May 21, 2012

Look at me? Mrs. Poster this weekend! Must be a record for how many recipes I have pushed out this weekend. My long weekend has been pretty much spent in the kitchen. We are going to Minneapolis, MN next weekend for my husbands birthday and he was on call this weekend, so we kept it rather low key. Which was fine with me! Look what I got done!!

This is a rather special post, recently a NEW local blogger friend Courtney from The Fig Tree Blog invited me to join in a virtual potluck. How nifty blogging and the internet are! I was extremely excited to join. Even more so to meet more lovely blogger friends. I never realize how much blogging would change my life, I have met so many amazing people both locally and all over the globe. And Courtney is truly one special lady. She is a vegetarian, beautiful photographer and just one of those people that you love right away. This potluck only had one rule; that it needed to be a vegan or vegetarian dish…easy done! I decided to bring a quinoa salad. Quinoa is a superfood, full of 8 amino acids, gluten free and full of protein. Perfect! Let’s get started

Ingredients: Yields 8 servings

Recipe adapted from Two peas and their Pod

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed in cold water
  • 2T EVOO
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2T freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1t lime zest
  • 1/2 cup of black beans(can is okay just rinse them)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • half a packet of stevia or 1/4t of white sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions: In a small bowl, mix together evoo, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, stevia and salt & pepper. Put aside. In a large pot, add quinoa to boiling vegetable broth, stir, turn heat down to low, cover and let quinoa cook for about 20min. Once cooked, fluff quino with a fork and place in a medium size bowl.

Add lime dressing, black beans, cilantro and tomatoes. Mix. I like this cold, but can also serve warm.


Now that we know what I brought, lets see what everyone else did 🙂

Peaches + Cream

Big Bertha Veggie Burger

The Vegan Chickpea

Super Green Salad with Strawberries

Vanilla + Spice

Avocado Potato Salad


Broccoflower Guacamole

Will Cook for Friends

Peaches + Cream Granola Parfaits

Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Crumbs Bars

The Fig Tree Blog

Mango Avocado Salad with Pineapple Mint Dressing

Hobby and More

Mint Thyme Tomato Chutney


Fork + Beans

This was such a blast! Thanks again Courtney for organizing and everyone who participated! We need to do this again!

Well I gotta go quickly get ready, husbands birthday dinner at his parents house tonight! His birthday is on Thursday, but we will be out of town next weekend, so tonight is the night! Have a great night everyone!!

Question: Have you ever participated in a virtual potluck? Would you? What would you have brought today?

Just incase you missed my weekend posting insanity, don’t forget to check out my Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes & Ancho Chili Chocolate Brownies

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Lindsey May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

What a neat idea! I would totally do one. I love breakfast foods so I would probably bring a breakfast dish. Love quinoa salads in the summer, so easy to pre-cook quinoa and use it throughout the week is salads and then grill up meat or whatever.
Have tons of fun in the US!!


Courtney Rae Jones May 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Great post!!! Love this salad. Cannot wait to make some + devour a whole bowl! *hehe* One problem with this potluck is being teased by all of the tasty food, but only getting to sample our own creations! *hah* Thanks for participating! Means a lot 🙂 HUGS! Thank you for your lovely kind words too. xoxo

Have a blast in the States!


Willow May 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Great addition to the potluck! I love quinoa/black bean salads, and yours sounds so good! Especially love the lime and cilantro in it. 🙂


Richa@HobbyandMore May 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I love the black beans with quinoa and this gorgeous salad! Most of the non virtual potlucks for me are usually indian food:) and very few people like salads with it. so i usually take a cooked main dish or a baked dessert.


Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition May 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

That’s adorable! Love that you guys did that. Blogging has changed my life also- such a great community we have here



Heather May 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Ahh quinoa salad – i totally could and do make some variation of a veggie quinoa bowl for dinner at least 2 times a week – I LOVE the lime and cilantro you added in.

You are so right Court is just one of those people you instantly fall in love with – she is the sweetest!

It is nice meeting you, can’t wait to check out more of your blog 🙂


Elaina @ Flavour May 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oh Destini, what a perfect dish for our fabulous virtual potluck! I’ve been veggie for a week but I was already in love with quinoa, so this dish is right up my alley. Love it! So great that we’ve had the chance to meet in person…and that we met through another virtual blogger swap, what fun the internet is some days xo


Genevieve May 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I love quinoa salads, especially when they have lots of great flavours mixed in like this one! This sounds perfect for a potluck, especially since you can eat it warm or cold. And I love how you used the word nifty haha…I’m glad I found your blog through this event 🙂


Cara May 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I am so glad that I decided to change my dish at the last minute because we would have brought practically the same food! haha. Great minds think alike 🙂 I love this salad so much!!


Helena May 22, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hi Destini!
Nice to finally ‘meet’ you! This salad looks great, I love quinoa and finding new recipes to add to my repertoire. Your pictures are great!
I can’t wait to browse your blog for more recipes…..Courtney is such a sweetie for bringing us all together! Thanks again! Xoxo


Kelly June 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

What a fabulous salad, this looks amazing! Stunning presentation! 🙂


elena August 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

What is this thing called evoo????????????


Destini August 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Extra Virgin Olive Oil 🙂


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