Curried Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango

Curried Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango
This is one of those grainy salads that’s light and flavourful enough to make you want to eat it every day. It travels well, so it’s perfect to pack along for lunch in addition to being just plain delicious.
Serves: serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • for the Salad:
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1-2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ red or yellow pepper, chopped
  • ¼ English cucumber, chopped
  • 2-3 green onions or a chunk of purple onion, chopped
  • 2 cups (packed) baby spinach, torn or sliced (optional)
  • half a . can black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • handful of torn cilantro (optional)
  • for the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2-4 Tbsp. white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. mango chutney, chopped if chunky (optional)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. curry powder or mild paste
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
Directions
  1. Rinse quinoa well under cool water in a fine sieve, then cook in a pot of boiling salted water over medium heat until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. (Just like you’d cook pasta.) Drain well, return to the pot, put the lid back on and let it steam – this will produce fluffy quinoa – until cooled.
  2. Combine the oil, vinegar, chutney, honey, curry and cumin in a jar or small bowl and shake or whisk to blend. If you like, season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  3. Put the quinoa, mango, vegetables and beans in a large bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss until well coated
Notes
High in protein, quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Its mild flavoured and light. Quinoa appears to be a grain, but it's actually the seed of a leafy vegetable. Who knew?
The thing to remember about quinoa is that it must be rinsed first to get rid of the naturally occurring bitter saponins

Roasted Pineapple Habanero SauceA delicious substitue for the mango chutney is Robert Rothschild Farm's Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Sauce. Which I find at Costco.

 

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