Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad

www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.comI have a thing for salads.  Most of the time, I’m throwing a plethora of fresh vegetables into a big bowl, topping it with some hummus and balsamic vinegar and calling it a fantastic meal.  But there are times when I take a more strategic route and put together a solid recipe that is definitely worth sharing.

Most people think of salad as filler and have a hard time accepting it alone as a meal.  I’ve gotten really good at changing the way people think of salads by proving that a nutrients and satiety can all be achieved.

Quinoa is one of my favorite salad secrets.  This ancient powerhouse grain is filled with protein and fiber and is a nice alternative to any pasta.  It’s easy to digest, gluten free and has a deliciously nutty flavor.  The texture is outstanding in almost any salad dish.

I’ve created quite a few quinoa salad recipes, but this one is by far my favorite.  You can eat this on its own or serve it with a bit more protein for an even more satisfying meal.


Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad

Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad


  • 14oz can black beans preferably organic no salt added
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked organic red quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro
  • salt and pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix to combine and serve.
  3. Enjoy!

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