Monday, April 23, 2012

5 Under 50: Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Salad

quinoa, sweet potato, and black bean salad with chipotle-lime dressing recipe

Let's kick things off with a little bit of spice!  The second round of 5 meals under $50 starts off with a "Meatless Monday" dish that may just be one of my favorite recipes yet.  I had a lot of fun making up the menu and the recipes for this 5 under $50.  I spent a good portion of my flight home from vacation (and it was a long one), scheming up a list of ingredients, thinking about flavors, and then putting them into combinations.  I was definitely the most excited for this quinoa salad, and when I finally made it, I was immediately smitten. The salad is sweet, spicy, and creamy.  It will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen again.  If you don't like spicy food, I suggest that you use half of a chipotle pepper and that you try to make sure you don't get any of the seeds in the dressing.

Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Salad
Takes 35 minutes
Serves 2

1/2 cup quinoa, dry
1 medium sweet potato, diced
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 can black beans
1/2 avocado

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Dice the sweet potato and drizzle it with olive oil.  Roast sweet potatoes on a baking sheet (I put parchment paper down) at 425°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

Add one cup of water and the quinoa to a small pot.  Bring the water to a boil.  Once the water has started to boil, turn the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.

Mix the sweet potato, quinoa, black beans (rinsed), and diced avocado in a bowl.  Add the Chipotle-Lime Vinaigrette and toss well.

Chipotle-Lime Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chipotle in adobo, minced
1 tablespoon honey
Lime zest

Whisk the ingredients together and let the dressing sit for a few minutes before adding it to the salad.

quinoa and sweet potato salad


  1. yum yum yum! LOVE everything about this salad! I'm been going on a quinoa craze this month, looks delicious!!

  2. I will try this one this week for sure.....lovely photo with your new bowl that we picked up in Scottsdale!

  3. Delicious! I love everything in this.

  4. Wow, this looks lovely. I adore the colors hiding behind the quinoa. Such a cool photo. I am not a sweet potato fan so trying to think of what I could sub in for that. Just wonderful.

  5. So full of nutrition and so delicious! All of the ingredients in your recipe are those I have around my kitchen most of the time, so I could easily whip this up right now! Great combos and I bet the chipotle lime vinaigrette gives it a nice zesty kick! I'd love to make a batch of this and take it to the park!

  6. i love every single ingredient in this salad! looks amazing, and so healthy; just what i need right now. going to try this out very soon.

  7. Thanks Ladies! This one is definitely a keeper!

  8. I will be trying this one as well. Looks delicious! By the way where do you get chipotle in adobo? thanks!

    1. It comes in a small can. I've found it at Loblaws and Metro, usually in the Mexican aisle.

  9. Having this for supper tonight ... It is Delicious! I had every ingredient on hand except the chipotle so I substituted Cheyenne pepper. Thanks for sharing!Anne

  10. Oops cayenne pepper!

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