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Fresh Basil & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

written by Head Health Nutter June 19, 2009

The hot summer days are upon us and our bodies are craving light, cooling foods. Let’s celebrate salad season with a recipe!

Created recently, this one was a BIG hit with everyone who tried it. Since quinoa (see pic) is an easy-to-digest grain, it’s especially delightful for those with digestive issues.

Please come back and let us know how you like it once you’ve tried it:

This recipe was inspired from The Vital You’s “Quinoa and Black Bean Salad” (very different BUT equally yummy) found in the Ultimate Holistic Cookbook:

Fresh Basil & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water, filtered
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped finely
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


Quinoa Preparation:

  1. Put quinoa in a small pot and pour tap water over grains. Swish grains around with your fingers. Strain water and loose debris down sink. Repeat again, one to two more times.
  2. Combine rinsed quinoa with filtered water and a dash of sea salt. Bring to boil, lower heat to minimum, cover pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Let cool.

Salad Preparation:

Mix cooled quinoa with rest of ingredients. Enjoy!

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