Cowboy Caviar and Quinoa

This Southwestern-inspired side dish is a tasty alternative to potato salad or pasta. It goes well with everything from fish to ribs to veggie burgers.

April 15, 2016
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This Southwestern-inspired side dish is a tasty alternative to potato salad or pasta. It goes well with everything from fish to ribs to veggie burgers — and it's a good source of protein. In fact, quinoa is the only grain that is a "complete protein," meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies need.

Ingredients

  • 1/2  cup quinoa, dry (makes 1 cup cooked)
  • 8 oz. whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups boiling water according to package directions. Place in mixing bowl to chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine corn, black beans, grape tomatoes and cilantro into the mixing bowl with the quinoa.
  3. Toss with fresh lime juice.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 141
  • Fat: 2g
    • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Total carbohydrates: 27g
    • Dietary fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 105mg