Lime Avocado Black Bean Quinoa

Lime Avocado Black Bean Quinoa

Have you tried quinoa yet?  For some it is a staple in their diets, as it is deemed the perfect protein by many.  You can read more about quinoa here & here.  Others have never heard of it or have seen what it looks like.  I was just introduced to it last year myself, and I am starting to use it more and more.  It’s not really a grain but a seed, although many considered quinoa a grain.

Uncooked Quinoa @

You can cook it just like rice, so use 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of boiling water on the stove top, and then simmer on low to medium for about 12-20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed the water.  You can serve it hot or cold.  Rinse it before you cook it to remove the bitter taste.

This is a really fresh dish that can be put together quickly; as you are cooking the quinoa, you can chop the veggies and have a meal in about 25 minutes. 

Quinoa Collage @

Lime Avocado Black Bean Quinoa


  • 3 cups of cooked quinoa (I used 1 1/2 cups of uncooked quinoa)
  • 2 kale leaves, chopped & ribs removed
  • 2 cups of black beans, cooked (or one can)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • juice of 2-3 limes (start with one, and taste as you go)


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Chill if desired or serve immediately.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.

The Verdict: The lime makes this recipe!  Easy adds-ins would be celery, carrots, fresh spinach, or most other raw vegetables.  You can add some olive oil, if desired.

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  1. says

    This looks amazing! I’ve never actually tried quinoa but I definitely want to try. I started a new blog in hopes of trying more (family friendly) healthy meals. This looks like a great one to try. -Bethany

    • says

      Hi Bethany, You should totally try the quinoa! It is so good for you and easy to put together! Thanks for visiting!

  2. says

    Yum! We love quinoa here! I make a black bean salad that I like to serve over quinoa. We typically put avocados in it as well, although it isn’t in the recipe.

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