Quinoa, like rice, is one of those versatile grains that you can do so much with. This simple, healthy Quinoa and Black Bean Salad Recipe is not only a breeze to throw together, it’s flavorful, satisfying, and just 5 Smart Points per serving. It’s a perfect side dish to just about any meal. I’ll even use leftovers on top of a salad for lunch the next day! The quinoa has a lot of fiber, protein, and nutrients, so it’s a much healthier alternative to rice. Though, some do not like the slightly nutty, earthy taste of the quinoa. But in this recipe, the lime, garlic, and cilantro really help to balance out that flavor, so it’s an ideal quinoa recipe for anyone who may not be a huge fan of quinoa. Even my kids will eat this cold in their lunch boxes. At just 5 Smart Points per serving, my Quinoa and Black Bean Salad Recipe is a great Weight Watchers side dish recipe to fill you with nutrition and help keep you on track.

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quinoa black bean salad
Quinoa and Black Bean Lime Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This simple salad is fresh and flavorful, and makes a perfect side to just about any meal. It’s easy to make and requires minimal ingredients, but is filling and delicious!
Servings: 6 servings
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer cooked quinoa to a medium sized bowl, and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients, and toss well to combine. Serve at room temp.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1/2 cup
Each serving = 5 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 188 calories; 4g fat; 0g saturated fat; 29g carbohydrates; 6.5g fiber; 1g sugar; 8g protein


  1. Looks really good. It also looks like kalamata olives are in the bowl but I didn’t see them in the recipe ingrefients. Is that correct?

    • Wendy Zitzman Reply

      No kalamata olives in there…those are just the black beans. But they really do look like kalamata olives in that shot! Good eye!

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