If you’re someone who is always looking for new ideas for healthy eating, you surely already know about the nutritional benefits of quinoa. However, on its own, quinoa can be quite boring. This is why I am super excited to share this recipe with you today.
Today we are going to incorporate the superfood quinoa into an utterly delicious black bean salad. This is an excellent idea because it is both easy to prepare and a terrific way to increase your vegetable intake.
If you’ve been struggling to find an exciting vegetarian-based meal that is suitable for a gout diet, you’re in luck today! After reading through this recipe, I’m sure you’ll never look at quinoa the same way again!
The fact that this salad is packed with vegetables ensures that you get lots of vitamins and minerals in every bite. With quinoa and black beans for fiber and protein, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil for fat-soluble vitamin absorption, this salad creates a filling and delicious lunch or dinner.
Personally, I love how the quinoa absorbs the taste of the dressing and pairs so well with the black beans. But that’s not all! This recipe offers a chock full of benefits for those of us who struggle with gout. Let’s take a look at a few of these.
Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa is essentially a seed, but in most diets, it is categorized as a whole grain. Whole grains are beneficial to your diet for several reasons, including their high vitamin and fiber content. Diets high in fiber have been linked to a number of health benefits, including decreased cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as improved digestion.
Some of the ways quinoa may help minimize your gout symptoms are as follows:
- Helps lower uric acid levels: Quinoa is a good source of plant-based protein and has fewer purines than other protein sources like meat and seafood.
- Good source of fiber: Quinoa is rich in fiber, which promotes digestive and intestinal health. Fiber also lowers blood sugar levels, which is crucial for gout patients as high levels increase the risk of gout attacks.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Flavonoids in quinoa have anti-inflammatory effects. These substances help in the reduction of inflammation in the body, hence lessening the severity of gout symptoms.
If you’re a fan of quinoa and looking for more ideas, be sure to check out my Quinoa Taco recipe.
Benefits of Black Bean Salads
Most people overlook the therapeutic qualities of black beans. Black beans have been demonstrated in studies to help reduce gout and arthritic symptoms by reducing pain, swelling, and redness.
The benefits of black bean salad for people with gout include the following:
- Low purine count: Black beans are low in purines, making them a good source of protein for people with gout. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the purine content of beans and vegetables does not worsen gout symptoms, so you can consume beans however you please.
- Antioxidant-rich food: Black beans contain a high level of antioxidants, which may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
- Provides essential nutrients: black beans are high in iron, magnesium, and potassium, among other minerals. These minerals are important for overall health and might help to minimize the chance of acquiring chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, which are more common in gout patients.
Black bean salad is a delicious and wholesome dish that makes a great complement to a gout-friendly diet.
List of Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- To prepare the quinoa, rinse it thoroughly using a fine mesh strainer and transfer it to a medium-sized saucepan. Add two cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and let the quinoa cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed and the quinoa becomes tender.
- Combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, red and green bell peppers, red onion, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro in a large mixing dish. To blend, stir everything together.
- Mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper in a separate small bowl.
- Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture, then toss it.
- Before serving, let the salad cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
The Best Way to Store Your Quinoa Salad
I like to store my quinoa salad in an airtight container in my fridge. You’ll be able to safely store the quinoa salad for 4-5 days in the fridge. Since quinoa stores nicely in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, I always make at least twice as much as I need.
Your Next Weeknight Go-To
Here are a few reasons why this quinoa and black bean salad will be your next weeknight staple:
- This salad is wonderful for meal prep and tastes even better the next day.
- It is simple to double or quadruple the recipe.
- It tastes great heated, at room temperature, or even cold.
- Because it’s dairy-free, it’s safe to keep out for a few hours, making it ideal for bringing to a potluck.
- It’s really inexpensive while still packing a tasty punch.
This quinoa and black bean salad is high in protein and fiber, as well as complex carbohydrates. It is also low in purines, making it an excellent choice for individuals on a gout diet.
This salad is wonderful as a lunch or light dinner main course. Non-vegans will enjoy it as a side dish or main course when topped with grilled or shredded chicken breast. I sincerely hope you enjoy this mouthwatering superfood salad as much as I do. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!