Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Quick Cumin Dressing

A plate of black beans, quinoa, and bell peppers
Number of Servings: 
4 Servings
Recipe Source: 



  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • Dash salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 12 large cucumber, diced neatly
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced neatly
  • 1 BPA-free can organic black beans
  • 10 to 15 basil leaves, chopped into a chiffonade
  • 14 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 14 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse quinoa through a sieve till the water runs clear. Transfer it to a small or medium sized pot and add two cups of vegetable broth or water and dash of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot so that the lid is on, but there’s a small gap where water can escape. Simmer till quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid and is fluffy (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  2. Transfer cooked quinoa to a mixing bowl. Add chopped vegetables, black beans, and herbs.
  3. Whisk dressing ingredients. Add the dressing to the salad, and serve. (If you don’t feel that you need all the dressing, just add as much as you’d like to.)
  4. Salad will keep for three days in the fridge.
Nutrition Info: 
614 Calories, 30 g Protein, 0 mg Cholesterol, 101 g Carbohydrates, 7 g Total sugars (3 g Added sugars), 21 g Fiber, 11 g Total fat (2 g sat), 364 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, ★★★★ Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, ★★★ Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), ★★ Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calcium


Marco Borges

Founder of 22 Days Nutrition, Marco Borges is an exercise physiologist, New York Times best-selling author, and recipient of the MFA Global Impact Award. He has over 30 years of experience in the wellness industry, and has dedicated his life to empowering others with the tools they need to achieve ultimate wellness.

Inspired by his own personal journey, Marco developed innovative exercise and nutrition programs that have helped millions of people transform their lives.

His commitment to using only the best, ethically sourced ingredients and creating premium plant-based solutions has earned him a reputation as a leading figure in the health and wellness industry.