Thursday, March 20, 2008

Quinoa Mango & Black Bean Salad

  • 1/2 C quinoa
  • 1 C water
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 small mango, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 C canned black beans
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
1. Toast quinoa in a small dry saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until it crackles and becomes aromatic, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly. Return the quinoa to the pot and add water. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, whisk orange juice, cilantro, vinegar, oil, ginger, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add mango, bell pepper, beans and scallions; toss to coat.
3. When quinoa is finished cooking, add to the mango mixture and toss to combine.

Robyn's notes: dicing mango is not the easiest thing in the world, but he really liked this, so it was worth it. GF - doublecheck your black beans.

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