Bike Ride and Quinoa Salad

I went on my first real bike ride today – and my legs feel like Jell-O!  I definitely think it will be a good addition to my exercise routine.    I finished with a green monster for breakfast.

Our kitchen is currently a disaster.  No dishwasher means if I don’t stay on top of the dishes I get overwhelmed and then it turns into what it is now.  Not pretty!  However I did manage to make something to eat (besides a hotdog) yesterday.  We had a Quinoa salad.  It is not quite as good as this one here.  But was definitely good.  Hubby loved it as it is almost gone – he even took it for his dinner at work today.   This would definitely be a good work lunch recipe as you can make it the night before (and while taste even better if you do).

Spicy Black & White Bean Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium diced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • Juice of one Lime
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Bring quinoa to a boil with enough water to cover by 1 inch and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork
  2. Dressing: In a bowl, whisk together oil, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, chili powder, coriander, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl mix quinoa, black beans, great northern beans, cucumber, onion, jalapeño pepper and cilantro; pour dressing over top and stir gently to combine.

Source:  adapted from vegangela


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