until next year. [quinoa & black bean salad]

April 18th, 2012 by | comments

It’s back to reality for me, after an amazing, yet exhausting weekend in the desert at Coachella. I got to see some of my favorite bands/artists perform for the first time–Radiohead, Bon Iver, Miike Snow, The Shins, etc. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Though I’m still catching up on sleep and work, the weekend was completely worth it. One thing is for sure–it’s time to get back to healthier eating, so this quinoa salad should do the trick.

Here’s some photos from the weekend:

La Quinta Villas

Swedish House Mafia

Coachella sunset

Quinoa recipe:

1 1/2 cups quinoa

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed if canned

1 1/2 tbsp. red-wine vinegar

1 1/2 cups cooked corn (from about 2 large ears)

3/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

2 pickled jalapeño chilies, seeded and minced

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander


In a bowl wash quinoa in at least 5 changes cold water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off most of water, until water runs clear and drain in a large fine sieve.

In a saucepan of salted boiling water cook quinoa 10 minutes. Drain quinoa in sieve and rinse under cold water. Set sieve over a saucepan of boiling water (quinoa should not touch water) and steam quinoa, covered with a kitchen towel and lid, until fluffy and dry, about 10 minutes (check water level in kettle occasionally, adding water if necessary).

While quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl toss beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add beans, corn, bell pepper, jalapeños, and coriander and toss well.

Dressing recipe:

5 tbsp. fresh lime juice, or to taste

1 tsp. salt

1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin, or to taste

1/3 cup olive oil


In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, and cumin and add oil in a stream, whisking.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste. Salad may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring salad to room temperature before serving.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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  • http://twitter.com/LisaNutrition Lisa (@LisaNutrition)

    Glad you are back and indeed a great weekend! What a great high protein vegetarian salad! I just love quinoa!

  • http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.wordpress.com Kristy

    What a fun weekend! It looks like it was an amazing time. :) I love this salad. I still have yet to cook with quinoa even though I keep meaning to. I think this might get me started. It’s definitely a dish we all would enjoy. The kids are huge black bean fans. :)

  • http://www.purecomplex.com Purely.. Kay

    I agree with Kristy, I heard Coachella was absolutely amazing this year. Maybe next year I will have time to check it out. And this salad is absolutely wonderful Caroline. Just like your comfy casual look :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Yes, yes you should definitely go! Too much fun, and thanks so much. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dinnersdishes Dinnersdishesdessert (@Dinnersdishes)

    Looks like a fun weekend! The salad sounds perfect for this warm weather.

  • http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com Courtney

    I did a similar salad a long time ago – but I really like the addition of the corn, peppers, and chilies – a whole different taste. (Glad you had a great time at Coachella – I had a bunch of friends go and seeing all their updates made me so jealous! :) )

  • http://chgojohn.wordpress.com ChgoJohn

    Glad to see you had such a good time, Caroline, and today’s recipe sounds delicious and looks so fresh! What a great post!

  • http://www.dishingwithleslie.blogspot.com Leslie

    Great post and recipe, Caroline! I always enjoy your perspective on life and your dishes! When you get the chance, come check out my brand new blog. Have a great week! Leslie @ http://www.dishingwithleslie.blogspot.com

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thanks so much for stopping by Leslie, and I’ll definitely head over to your blog!! :)

  • http://foodblogandthedog.wordpress.com foodblogandthedog

    Jealous! Looks beautiful there, I will make it one day but i still haven’t been to Glastonbury!! Quinoa is one of my weekly staples, usually go Middle Eastern with the flavours though, will try a tex mex direction next time!

  • http://thedrivencook.wordpress.com thedrivencook

    Glad you had fun! I love quinoa and black beans…never thought to put them together in salad form!

    • http://thecafesucrefarine.blogspot.com/ The Café Sucré Farine

      Love your ingredient list – know it must be as good as it looks!

  • http://meatlessinthecity.wordpress.com alli88

    The perfect salad for this hot week…and detox :)

    • egg me on

      Looks like Coachella was a great time! And this quinoa salad looks pretty darn good too. I love black beans, and the lime dressing. Great stuff.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Detox is right!!

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com Choc Chip Uru

    Seems like you had a blast :D
    Nice to have you back and with such a delicious healthy salad recipe too!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • http://chgojohn.wordpress.com ChgoJohn

      This recipe sounds good but that dark chocolate makes it irresistible! You’ve got my vote and here in Chicago we tend to vote early and vote often. I think you know what I mean … ;)

      • http://chgojohn.wordpress.com ChgoJohn

        Please delete this nonsensical comment, Caroline. My Mac is giving me fits and it crashed when I was writing this on another’s post. Obviously, I re-booted and ended up here and not where I was. Sorry for the confusion.

        • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

          Haha! No worries John, I’ve definitely been there as well. Sillllly computers.

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    I thought you were taking a long break and I about had a heart attack at 30- oh wait how old am I? Great you gave me alzheimers.

    • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com yummychunklet

      I heard Coachella was amazing this year. Did you hear the new music from TuPac that was released there?

      • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

        It was so much fun. I’m really bummed I didn’t see the dre/snoop set. :( The group I was with wanted to watch Avicii, who was on at the same time. Still bummed!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Wooops, now I realize my title is a bit confusing haha. Nope not going anywhere!!

  • valeriebrunmeier

    Caroline you are such a doll and I love your blog! This salad looks so perfect for a summer gathering.

  • http://twitter.com/ValeriesKitchn Valerie Brunmeier (@ValeriesKitchn)

    Caroline you are such a doll and I love your blog! This salad looks so perfect for a summer gathering.

  • http://tandysinclair.wordpress.com Tandy

    I am going to try this – if I can remember to soak my beans overnight that is :)

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    I can tell that you had a fun and great time in Coachella.
    The quinoa salad looks healthy and tasty.

  • http://zestybeandog.wordpress.com zestybeandog

    What a great and fun weekend! I’ve always wanted to go to Coachella!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Aw it seemed like you had tons of fun at Coachella. I think my friend went there too. I hope you recovered from the fun weekend. =) Your qunioa salad looks healthy and delicious!

  • http://thecompletecookbook.wordpress.com thecompletecookbook

    Looks like you had a brilliant time Caroline! :-)
    I have yet to taste quinoa…
    :-) Mandy

  • http://elephanteats.wordpress.com Amy

    This looks so yummy. I love corn in salads! It’s totally the season to start putting kernels in everything :)

  • http://cavitiesandcravings.wordpress.com Cavities & Cravings

    Sounds like a great weekend! So much fun! Yummy salad =) I love easy and light recipes like this one.

  • http://www.justasmidgen.com Just A Smidgen

    My friend’s daughter goes to Coachella.. it looks like just the sort of place I’d love to have been at your age for sure! Well, maybe even at my age, I love Bon Iver!! Lucky you!! Your blog scared me for a moment, I thought you were saying goodbye to us for a year, lol! Awesome salad.. looks like you’re back on the healthy track!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Oops, Greg thought the same thing–I just meant until next year for Coachella, haha! Still blogging. :)

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Caroline, I think I want your life! :) Love the ingredients in this pretty salad and the bowl is great too! Have a super weekend.

  • http://angsarap.wordpress.com rsmacaalay

    I like your last photo, nice composition. Love the recipe too.

  • http://srladieslifegroup.wordpress.com Kitchen Belleicious

    oh it looks like it was a blast! I am jealous! So glad you got to enjoy that and the black bean salad is amazing with that quinoa added in!

  • http://sweetandcrumby.wordpress.com Geni – Sweet and Crumby

    Love this salad…a great way to eat healthier and love it. So jealous that you got to soak in the sun and listen to such great music. What a blast you were all obviously having!

  • http://twitter.com/FoodieAsmita Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)

    What a healthy and delicious salad! I would love to make that.

  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    Glad to hear – and see – you had fun, Caroline!