Red Quinoa, Mango & Black Bean Salad

I think my favorite thing about this dish is that it looks pretty 🙂 I’m a big fan of food that is beautiful to eat and tastes yummy. This dish fits BOTH bills 🙂

Now Steve… he’s is not a huge quinoa fan. He tolerates it…but he doesn’t love it.  I’ve told him since we have to go Gfree, that he’s going to have to learn to love it…or at least love it enough to eat it weekly!

This salad was really good though. Refreshing. BUT, it absolutely NEEDS the mango. If you can’t buy really sweet/ripe mango, skip this salad. Or add in a sweeter dressing… or another comparably sweet fruit. You really need to have something sweet in here in order for it to fly. I personally also feel that it needs the avocado~ but I’m a huge avocado fan 🙂

I especially liked the red couscous~ perhaps better than the regular quinoa. It was more mild, maybe?


  • 1. 5 c. red couscous, dry
  • 1 large mango, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 4 grape tomatoes, cut into 8ths
  • 1.5 large avocados, diced
  • 1 can organic black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro minced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste

Prepare the couscous according to package directions. Chill.

Then add in all of the ingredients to the quinoa up through the cilantro.

In a separate bowl, mix the lime juice, honey, and seasonings. Feel free to add more sweetness if you wish. Toss together and enjoy.

This would be GREAT with some red onion or even a minced jalapeno…yum!



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