Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Peach Salsa

This quinoa black bean salad is a perfect summer lunch or dinner, featuring cumin-spiced black beans and a fresh peach salsa.

Quinoa black bean salad with peach salsa

This quinoa black bean salad bowl has a little bit of something for everyone! It’s savory, a little spicy, and tangy sweet all at once. The savory black beans are the perfect compliment to a fresh peach salsa made of juice ripe peaches, lime and cilantro. Oh and it’s healthy too! Keep reading for our quinoa black bean salad recipe and a little more about how to cook quinoa…perfectly.

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Quinoa black bean salad

How to make quinoa

When we first wrote this post in 2011, quinoa was just coming onto the scene. Now, quinoa is everywhere! And for good reason. It’s chock full of health benefits: compared with other whole grains, it’s higher in protein, calcium, vitamin B, and iron. It’s naturally gluten free, which makes it easy to digest. It’s quick to cook (about 25 minutes total). And, it’s incredibly delicious! While some people complain about the bitter taste of quinoa, cooked properly it can be very tasty. And here are our top 10 Delicious Quinoa Recipes to prove it.

Cooking quinoa is simple, but it can be easy to mess up! Cook it too fast and it’s hard and crunchy, or overcook it and it’s mushy. Here are our two best methods for how to cook quinoa for this quinoa black bean salad:

  1. Perfect Quinoa on the Stovetop This is our master recipe for cooking quinoa on the stovetop. It takes about 25 minutes, and it requires a little baby sitting to make sure the liquid is cooking out evenly, but it’s mostly hands off.
  2. Instant Pot Quinoa (Pressure Cooker) If you have a pressure cooker, you can use it to make quinoa! It takes about 16 minutes and is almost totally hands off! This is the method we’ve started to use more often, since we have an Instant Pot. (Here’s the Instant Pot we use)
Peach salsa
Peach salsa topping

Making this quinoa black bean salad

This quinoa black bean salad is full of fresh seasonal ingredients and only requires a bit of stovetop cooking to prepare it. Outside of cooking the quinoa (above), it’s super simple. Simply chop up the ingredients for the fresh peach salsa, and then mix the black beans with a few seasonings. The best part, at least to me, was that while it only took about 30 minutes to prepare, it was totally delicious!  There’s a lot going on here – sweet peaches, spicy jalapenos, crunchy green onions, savory beans, fluffy quinoa…the mix of tastes and textures kept us coming back for more.

This quinoa black bean salad is a wonderful option for a quick summer weeknight meal: either as a vegetarian main dish or side salad. It would also be perfect for guests – pair it with a few other summer salads (see below) and maybe some frose? Let us know if you give it a try in the comments below!

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This quinoa black bean salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free.

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Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Peach Salsa


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1 recipe Fresh Peach Salsa
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa (or use our Instant Pot quinoa method): Place the quinoa in a saucepan with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low. Cover the pot, and simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed. (Check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains.) Turn off the heat and let sit covered to steam for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and add salt to taste. Cover and leave warm in the pan until serving.
  2. While the quinoa cooks, make the peach salsa.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans. Thinly slice the green onion. In a bowl, stir together beans and onions with the olive oil, cumin, chili powder, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Taste, then add more seasonings if desired.
  4. To serve, dish the quinoa into bowls, then top with the black bean mixture and peach salsa.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Quinoa black bean salad, Quinoa salad, Peach Salsa, Quinoa Bowl, Bowl meal, Quinoa Recipes,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

23 Comments

  • Reply
    Marla
    July 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Love all of the flavors in this sweet/savory quinoa!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    July 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    The peach salsa sounds like a great addition to this dish! I made Peach BBQ sauce today – peaches are everywhere!!

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    Kirstin
    July 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    This sounds amazingly fresh and wonderful! We really like quinoa

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    Susie
    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 am

    This looks super tasty. I love the flavor combination.

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    Elizabeth
    July 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Made this last night, it was excellent!

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    Laura
    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Just tried this recipe today and LOVED IT!

    Great blog as well! so nice to have come across a GOOD meatless blog :) thanks.

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    Bewtiching
    August 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Amazing. Just made it and it might be one of the best things I have had in too long, and good for me!

    I topped mine with a avocado, and threw in some left over sweet corn with the black beans!
    Thanks for a great recipe and love the blog!

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    Sonja
    August 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Oh, those sound like great additions! So glad you enjoyed it!! :)

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    Kirstin
    August 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I made this last week and it went over well! Especially the peach salsa…I’m sharing it today on my blog and I’ll be sure to link back here and give you lots of kudo’s! I love your blog by the way!!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      August 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it — looks great! :)

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    Lynett Oliver
    August 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Made this last night for Game Night. Since it’s a snacking type of affair, I turned this bowl into a salad & just mixed everything together. I wound up with about half the quinoa left over, which is fine cuz I’m making ratatouille later & I’ll just serve it with that. The salad was a huge it & everyone asked for the recipe. I’m already imagining all the other possibilities of quinoa bowls. Thanks for such a great idea!

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      Sonja
      August 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Wonderful — I’m so glad it worked out! Good idea with saving the quinoa separately — we did find that the leftovers of this dish weren’t nearly as good as fresh :)

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    Aimee
    August 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I made this for dinner a couple of nights ago and it was delish! Also made your bean flautas–another hit! I have to say, your recipes are spot on. Thanks more great ideas.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      August 14, 2011 at 8:20 am

      Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed them – it’s always fun to know what people have made (and that they liked it too!)!

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    [email protected]
    August 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I made this last night and I loved it. I subbed in nectarines with a pinch of sugar since that is what we had at our house. I’m bringing leftovers for lunch today at work and I’m already excited to eat them. :)

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    cathy
    August 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I made this last week, this is sooo delicious. So good, I’m making it again tonight.

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    anna maria
    September 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    LOVE this! I have made many variations since making this one and use your method for cooking the quinoa every time. It never fails :)

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    Nicole
    July 5, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Hello,
    Just looking for clarification on the size of the cans of beans. Is it two 19oz cans?

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      Alex
      July 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Two 15oz cans (or about 3 cups).

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    Jennifer Biddle
    July 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Delicious for the whole family. Used as a side and will have it for lunch the rest of the week (maybe with more peaches if they all ripen at once!). I glanced at the salsa recipe but just threw everything together with the ingredients I had. I added a tablespoon of honey and a few tablespoons of yogurt to the mix. Keep the whole dish moist and improves leftover mileage. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to finding more great ideas in your blog!

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    Lynn
    January 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I love Quinoa, and look forward to trying this dish. One question. Do you wash your quinoa until the sudsing stops first? I find that this improves the flavor greatly, removing the bitter saponins. For those who don’t know, a warm water wash (I soak between drainings for about 5 minutes) about 5 or 6 times removes a lot of the bitterness.

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      Sonja
      January 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Lynn! We’ve never tried this method, but it sounds interesting! We’ll keep it in mind for the next time. How many rinse / soak cycles would you say is bare minimum (in case we are in a rush :) )?

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    Jenny
    April 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl Recipe. We featured it on our blog this week! http://www.thehappygal.com/20-quinoa-recipes-love/

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