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Refreshing salad made with quinoa

Quinoa is a nutritious grain and is a source of fibre that makes a fantastic base for a salad.

Prep Time:
25 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Serving Size:



  • 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) (packed) baby spinach, torn or sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) black beans, (or half 19 oz./540 mL can) rinsed and drained
  • ¼ English cucumber, chopped
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped, or ¼ cup (60 mL) chopped red onion


  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) honey
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) curry powder or paste
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) cumin


  1. Rinse quinoa well under cool water in fine sieve or in several changes of water. Drain well.
  2. In large pot of boiling salted water set over medium heat, cook quinoa until tender but still firm to bite, about 15 minutes. It’s done when germ separates, making it look like a curly Q.
  3. Drain well and return quinoa to pot off heat. Cover with tea towel and replace lid, allowing it to steam and producing fluffy quinoa as it cools.
  4. In large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, mango, pepper, spinach, black beans, cucumber and onions.
  5. To make dressing, combine canola oil, vinegar, honey, curry and cumin in jar or small bowl and shake or whisk to blend.
  6. Drizzle salad with dressing and toss until well coated.


Recipe courtesy of, featured in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2016 Healthy Living Calendar

Nutritional InformationPer 1/2 cup (125 mL)
Amount % Daily Value
Calories 160
Fat 6 g 9 %
Saturated 0 g
+ Trans 0 g
0 %
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 15 mg 1 %
Carbohydrate 23 g 7 %
Fibre 4 g 16 %
Sugars 6 g
Protein 4 g

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