Mango Black Bean and Avocado Quinoa Salad

05.18.2017

This Quinoa Black Bean Salad with fresh Mexican flavors is the perfect side dish to just about any summer meal and it also makes for the perfect lunch! It’s brimming with so much bright fresh goodness, plus it’s filling and totally satisfying. Not to mention it’s perfectly healthy too!

Quinoa salad with mangoes, black beans, avocados and a lime dressing in a large white bowl set over a marble surface.

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe

Just look at the list of ingredients. You get protein from the quinoa and black beans, healthy fats from the avocado and olive oil, and lots of vitamins and minerals from just about everything here.

So in other words, this easy quinoa black bean salad is something you can feel great about eating. It’s delicious paired with grilled chicken, and of course salmon would be another great option.

Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient, the flavor just goes so well with just about anything. It’s such a tasty, hearty base for this delicious salad!

If you have leftover quinoa in the fridge I’m thinking it would be even better than the freshly cooked stuff here. The salad is a little wet but with leftover quinoa it would soak more of that up. Just use what you’ve got, either way it will be completely delicious!

Quinoa black bean salad ingredients shown in individual portions before tossing in a white salad bowl.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad Ingredients

For this quinoa and mango avocado salad recipe, you’ll need:

  • Quinoa
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Honey
  • Spices (cumin, ginger, cayenne)
  • Canned black beans
  • Produce (mango, limes, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, avocado)

Tossing quinoa black bean salad in a large bowl with wooden spoons.

How to Make Quinoa Salad

  • First, rinse quinoa and cook in chicken broth (it adds great flavor), let cool.
  • Second, whisk together dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  • Last, add salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss with dressing.

How Can I Make it Vegan?

This quinoa black bean avocado salad can easily be made vegan by using vegetable broth in place of chicken broth and maple syrup in place of the honey.

Can I Make This Salad in Advance?

This mango black bean avocado salad is best within one to two hours of making it. The avocado starts to brown and the mango makes the quinoa a little soggy after a while. You can definitely cook the quinoa and chop the veggies in advance though!

Overhead image of Quinoa Salad in a large white ceramic bowl, with wooden spoon for serving.

Tips for the Best Quinoa Salad

  • Make sure you’re using ripe mangos in this salad. If the mangos aren’t ripe, they’ll be too hard and won’t have much flavor.
  • If you can’t find mangos at your grocery store, diced fresh pineapple would probably work well here.
  • Make sure to rinse the quinoa well before cooking it, otherwise it may taste bitter.

Mango Black Bean Avocado Quinoa Salad

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Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Mango & Avocado

5 from 5 votes

This is my favorite Quinoa Salad! Tender quinoa is tossed together black beans, lots of fresh veggies and it's all coated with a bright honey lime dressing. Everyone will love this! 

If you plan on leftovers then add the avocado to individual portions so it doesn't brown. 

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium mango, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium avocado (semi-firm but ripe), cored and diced

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer. Transfer to a medium saucepan along with chicken broth and 1/4 cup water and season lightly with salt to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until water has been absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes. Let cool*.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lime juice, honey, cumin, ginger and cayenne pepper.
  3. In a large bowl or salad bowl toss together quinoa, black beans, mango, bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, avocado and dressing. 
  4. Season with salt to taste and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • *To quickly cool quinoa, transfer to a bowl and place in freezer and toss occasionally. It should be cool enough by the time you've chopped veggies and made the dressing. Left over quinoa would probably even work better as it will absorb better (it should measure 3 cups).
  • Note that the salad should be eating within and hour or two for best results as the avocado will start to brown and juices from the veggies will break down.
  • Make it vegan by using vegetable broth in place of chicken broth and maple syrup in place of honey.
  • Recipe source: inspired by Our Best Bites
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Mango & Avocado
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 177mg 7%
Potassium 674mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 7g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 25.7%
Vitamin C 60.6%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 18.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quinoa Salad
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

27 comments

  • Allison: This is really, really good and so fast and easy to make! Perfect meal prep item or middle of the week dinner. Thanks! January 13, 2019 at 4:38pm Reply

  • Teresa: I added pineapple instead of mango because someone in my family is allergic to mango, it still was very good. September 1, 2018 at 7:10pm Reply

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