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Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad - only 5 ingredients, gluten-free + vegan too!

So I totally got sick on Sunday and have been on the mend ever since. Ugh. Major, major ugh.

And it really ticks me off because I work so hard to keep my immune system in tip-top shape – loading my body with healing foods, taking daily supplements (including echinacea when I feel even the slightest tickle in my throat) and drinking my green juice and smoothies. Guess it was my body’s way of saying, “take a chill pill, Alyssa”.

Which is precisely what I did. I did some work from the couch, wore my PJs all day, watched food documentaries (<– nerd), made fresh juices and smoothies, diffused essential oils, snuggled with my pup and drank like a hundred gallons of tea. 5 days later, I’m feeling like myself again and ready to get back to blogging.

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad - only 5 ingredients, gluten-free + vegan too!

Today’s recipe (which I had planned to share on Tuesday…oops!) pretty much sums up everything I’ve been craving lately. It’s got lime, cilantro, quinoa, black beans and just a little chili sea salt. Yep, that’s it! It really doesn’t need any more. It’s got lots of fresh, bright flavor and it’s filled with plant-based proteins. It’s light, refreshing and fun – just as a spring quinoa salad should be. 

AND this salad is also….

  • Quick and easy, meaning less time spent in the kitchen and more time spent outside, soaking up the sunshine.
  • Only 5 ingredients, most of which I bet you already have on hand. Don’t you just love meals like that?
  • Simple to dress up or down and can be served as a side or a main. Pretty much it’s the most versatile salad ever. Like…plop a fried egg on top and call it breakfast. Or toss in some grilled chicken and salad and have yourself a burrito bowl. OR just serve it as is next to your fave veggie burger.

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad - only 5 ingredients, gluten-free + vegan too!

How many days until summer again? Don’t worry, we’ll be there before we know and in the meantime we’ll keep enjoying summery quinoa salads!

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Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad


  • 3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice + zest of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons chili sea salt (like this one)


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Enjoy!
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I'm Alyssa, the writer and photographer behind the gluten-free website Simply Quinoa. My passion is creating wholesome, nutrient-rich recipes all with a little quinoa twist.