This recipe is a fresh and flavorful vegan dish packed with protein! Enjoy it as a side dish or double the recipe for a vegetarian main dish.
Cook the quinoa in lightly salted water. Note: Make sure you refer to the package for rinsing directions before you cook it. Quinoa is naturally very bitter and needs to be rinsed with several changes of water or it will taste awful. I make sure I buy the pre-rinsed variety so I can skip that step. To cook quinoa, I use my rice cooker set to the "brown rice" setting and it works perfectly. If you don't have a rice cooker, just be sure to follow the package directions.
To make the dressing, whisk together in the bottom of a large bowl the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp ground pepper.
Add the cooked and cooled quinoa to the dressing and toss until the dressing is absorbed.
Stir in the tomatoes, beans, green onions, and cilantro. Taste and season with salt & pepper to your preference. Serve and enjoy!
For extra flavor, try cooking the quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water!