This hearty, high-protein Quinoa Black Bean Salad is packed with high-fibre quinoa, black beans and pinto beans, and micronutrient-rich veggies. They’re all tossed with feta cheese and an herby and healthy Avocado Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing. It makes a delicious and healthy lunch recipe to meal prep for the week, or an awesome side dish to make for the whole family.

quinoa salad with black beans, pinto beans, and vegetables in a bowl topped with green avocado dressing

If there’s one way to pack a ton of nutrition into a dish, it’s making a big batch of quinoa salad. Quinoa is the perfect base for a salad because it pairs well with all sorts of flavours, proteins, vegetables, and even fruits!

This Quinoa Black Bean Salad is the perfect example. Here, cooked quinoa is paired with two types of canned beans, five different fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and a tangy, herby, and creamy avocado dressing.

As a Registered Dietitian, I love preparing a batch of this quinoa bean salad at the start of the week. It makes a wonderful lunch because its chalk-full of filling protein and fibre. It also makes a great side salad to serve with dinner, or as a potluck contribution for family and friends to enjoy.

Want more healthy salad recipes that you can prep? Try my Kale Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, or this Homemade Healthy Caesar Salad.

quinoa salad with black beans, pinto beans, and vegetables in a bowl topped with green avocado dressing

Why Pair Quinoa with Beans?

The great thing about quinoa is that although its considered a “pseudo-grain” (it’s technically a seed, but cooked and consumed like a grain), it’s a complete protein! This means that it contains all 9 essential amino acids that the human body cannot produce on its own.

Beans, on the other hand, are not a complete protein. While they do contain protein, they don’t contain all of the 9 essential amino acids. So, in pairing beans (like black beans and pinto beans) with quinoa, you are consuming all 9 of the essential amino acids that the body needs.

ingredients in bowls, including cooked quinoa, black beans, pinto beans, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, red onion, cilantro, and feta cheese

More Nutrition Benefits of Quinoa Black Bean Salad:

  • High-fibre: This quinoa bean salad is jam-packed with fibre-rich foods. The fibre comes from the quinoa, two varieties of beans, and various vegetables. So if you’re looking for a way to increase your daily fibre (both soluble fibre and insoluble fibre) intake, this salad is definitely a must-make.
  • High-protein: Not only does this salad offer complete protein, it’s also high in protein. It is important to ensure you’re including adequate amounts of protein in your meals and snacks in order to feel full and stabilize blood sugars. Thanks to the quinoa, beans, and Greek Yogurt Avocado Dressing, you’ll get plenty of protein eating this salad.
  • Healthy fats: If I haven’t mentioned the dressing enough, I’m going to do so again. The creamy homemade dressing is made of up of fresh avocado, Greek yogurt, and extra-virgin olive oil. Both the avocado and olive oil are fantastic sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Therefore, you’re getting a good dose of healthy fats per serving of salad.

Tips for Making this Quinoa Bean Salad:

  • While you boil the quinoa, prep the vegetables and dressing. This way, when the quinoa is cooked, all you have to do is toss everything together.
  • To make the recipe even quicker, use canned black beans and pinto beans. Just drain them and give them a good rinse before adding to the salad.
  • If you have a vegetable chopper, you can use that to chop up the cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno!

Making the Herby Avocado Dressing:

To make the dressing, you’ll need a blender or food processor. It’s super quick and easy to make. All you need to do is add the Greek Yogurt Avocado Salad Dressing ingredients to your food processor/blender and blitz until smooth and creamy!

Meal Prep and Storage:

  • This recipe keeps well in the fridge, so it’s a great one for meal prep. Just keep it stored in an airtight container and it will last for approximately 5 days.
  • Because this recipe uses only 1 1/2 cups of both black beans and pinto beans, I often have some leftover from the cans. I like to freeze the leftover beans to use in future dishes. You can do this by rinsing them off, adding them to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container, and covering them with water. Then, place the covered beans in the freezer. When you’re ready to use them, just defrost them and rinse them off!
  • If you are prepping this recipe for the week, I recommend storing the salad and dressing separately. Then just add the dressing when serving.
quinoa bean salad tossed with avocado dressing in a large salad bowl

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quinoa salad with black beans, pinto beans, and vegetables in a bowl topped with green avocado dressing

Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Avocado Greek Yogurt Dressing

This hearty, high-protein Quinoa Black Bean Salad is packed with high-fibre quinoa, black beans and pinto beans, and micronutrient-rich veggies. They're all tossed with feta cheese and an herby and healthy Avocado Greek Yogurt Dressing. It makes a delicious and healthy lunch recipe to meal prep for the week, or an awesome side dish to make for the whole family.
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Ingredients

For the Quinoa Bean Salad:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups pinto beans, or chickpeas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

For the Greek Yogurt Avocado Dressing:

Instructions 

  • Add cooked quinoa, black beans, and pinto beans to a large salad bowl.
    large salad bowl with cooked quinoa, black beans, and pinto beans
  • Add chopped tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper.
    large salad bowl with cooked quinoa, black beans, pinto beans, and diced vegetables
  • Add crumbled feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
    large salad bowl with cooked quinoa, black beans, pinto beans, diced vegetables, chopped cilantro, and crumbled feta cheese
  • Drizzle with Greek Yogurt Avocado Dressing and toss to combine.
    quinoa bean salad tossed with avocado dressing in a large salad bowl
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