Fat-Burning Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar, Cumin, Garlic and Cilantro
Not gunna lie, sometimes I love a good Chipotle bowl.
Especially on the go, or when I’m too tired and lazy to cook. Brown rice, black beans, bell peppers, corn, salsa, lettuce, alil’ guac – what’s not to love? I know they (unfortunately) have a lot of unhealthy oils but once in a while, I give in… balance right? ♥ It was only a matter of time before I shared my recipe for this Spicy Kale and Quinoa Black Bean Salad because it tastes THE SAME as chipotle.
This spicy salad is crunchy, savory, bursting with flavor and totally addicting. A crowd-pleaser for sure. It’s the perfect salad for any occasion and can be customized to your “spiciness” liking.
With kale, quinoa, black beans, corn, onion, savory spices, cilantro, hot sauce, cumin, apple cider vinegar… I mean, you gotta love it. And you gotta try it. For anyone weary of kale, you won’t notice the 6 cups of green goodness in this giant bowl – the yummy spices and other ingredients overpower the kale while the dressing softens it – what does that mean?
THE KALE GETS BETTER, my loves
Not that you always want to overpower the kale taste, personally I’ve grown to crave it, but there are days where a salad just doesn’t sound appealing, am I right? This recipe will change that, especially with the added health benefits.
People have raved for years about how foods like kale and quinoa are good for you. But it’s time to add the benefits of cumin to your knowledge.
According to Marks Daily Apple, cumin seeds are pungent, potent little things with the ability to significantly change the trajectory of a dish. They are featured prominently in Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern, and certain Chinese cuisines.
Cumin appears to provide a number of potential health benefits, from anti-glycation agent to antioxidant to anti-osteoporotic, and much more.
Health benefits of cumin include:
–Lowers blood-glucose levels
-Reduces cholesterol levels
-Improves immune system
-Protects liver from ethanol- and rancid sunflower oil-induced toxicity
What’s not to love?
This salad can be eaten warm or cold – either way is absolutely delicious. A cold salad for lunch or a warm salad for dinner – your choice! All you do is cook the quinoa, then add the black beans and corn to the pot. Mix it up. Add heaps of kale and some red onion to a giant salad bowl. Add the quinoa mixture over the kale. Mix up the spicy dressing. Pour the dressingover the chipotle-like “way healthier” salad. Mix again.
That’s it! In under 30 minutes you have a filling, nourishing, absolutely delicious meal for 4-6 people. Or leftovers for yourself.