After my sister and I were about 3 km (1.9 miles) in to our 6.5 km walk today, I noticed that I did not have any sunscreen on…or any protective clothing or water in my backpack. It’s 33 degrees C (90 F) outside.

Shit. Yes, that was the only word that came to me. Now I’m at home, can barely touch my arms, and find sitting painful. WOO HOO! Sunscreen matters people. Don’t be silly like me.

Since my brain and body are a bit fried, I can only handle cold salads and ice cream right now. That’s it! And this salad is perrrrfect! It’s filled with black beans and grapefruit and totally made me happy.

Hope you like it too! I recommend in on non brain-fried days as well.

To make this, bring quinoa to a boil with three cups water and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy. Remove from stove and let cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.

In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients.

Place black beans, red onion, grapefruit, cilantro, bell pepper, avocado and shucked corn kernels in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Add quinoa to salad then pour over dressing.

Toss well and serve.

Now that’s a summer salad.

Black Bean, Quinoa and Citrus Salad
Recipe lightly adapted from Eat, Live, Run
Serves 5-6

Ingredients:
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, minced
1 large grapefruits, divided into segments and chopped
1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
2 ears fresh corn, kernels chopped off’
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 large (ripe but firm) avocado, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, minced (optional)

Dressing:
juice of 3 limes
2 tsp cumin
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:
Bring quinoa to a boil with three cups water with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy. Remove from stove and let cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.

Place black beans, red onion, grapefruit, cilantro, bell pepper, avocado and shucked corn kernels in a large bowl. Toss to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Add quinoa to salad then pour over dressing. Toss well and serve.

Salad will keep in sealed tupperware containers for up to five days in the fridge.

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24 Responses to Black Bean, Quinoa and Citrus Salad

  1. I’m so sorry about your burn, but what a salad! The grapefruit and avocado sound incredibly cooling, maybe you can apply it directly to your skin!

  2. Villy says:

    Yogurt! Thick Greek yogurt! Apply it on one spot and you will experience an amazing relief! :)
    Great salad by the way!

  3. Great idea for a salad- love quinoa! Ouch on the sunbuRN!!

  4. I make a recipe really similar to this, but like the extra citrus and veggies you added :)

  5. Kelly says:

    This sounds perfect to me! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. lacuisinehelene says:

    I have to make healthy salad. Looks yum! Oh non I feel your pain, put Aloe Vera Gel, I buy the one from Avon.

  7. Deborah says:

    Yikes – hope the sunburn feels better soon! But this is a perfect summer recipe!

  8. Kay says:

    Sounds delicious and a lovely colourful addition to a meal, perfect!

  9. yum, that is a delicious salad!

  10. This salad looks just beautiful! Love all the colors (and flavors)!

  11. Ouch, slather up in aloe and keep hydrated!

  12. jlaceda says:

    Hi, Katrina! Hope your sunburn is all better! I had a bad one last summer from a trip to the Bruce Peninsula / Georgian Bay…O.M.G., I know how it feels! Your salad looks so refreshing…! Yum!

  13. jlaceda says:

    Hmmm…not sure if my original comment went through…but just in case it didn’t…your salad looks awesome!!! Sorry about the burn; I know how it feels! I had a pretty bad one from last summer at Bruce Peninsula / Georgian Bay!

  14. Joanne says:

    Sunburns are the worst! I hope you pour aloe all over yourself.

    I LOVE this salad! Sunburn or not, I’m sure it’s utterly refreshing!

  15. I love everything here. Just love it. I need to make this immediately.

  16. I’ve been eating more quinoa lately and this sounds like a great summertime meal!

  17. This citrus salad looks gorgeous :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  18. I absolutely love everything about this, especially the grapefruit!

  19. We are big fans of quinoa! This looks like lunch today. :)

  20. This looks incredibly healthy! And delicious too.

    P.S. I got sunburnt recently as well and sprayed the affected areas with rose water. I had received it as a gift and recalled reading on the label that it was recommended for sunburns. Not only did I smell good but my burns were immediately soothed and any redness was gone within a day. It was a miracle!

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