Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad
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For Salad
  1. 2 cups quinoa, rinsed well (soak for a few minutes, then drain in a fine strainer)
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 2 cans black beans, rinsed well
  4. 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  5. 8 green onions, chopped (including most of the green part)
  6. 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
For Dressing
  1. 1 heaping tablespoon grated lime zest
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  3. 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  5. 1 teaspoon sea salt (best: Original Crystal Himalayan Salt)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the lime zest and juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a serving bowl
  2. Simmer the quinoa in water uncovered for about 10 min
  3. Turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 10 min. Strain any excess water.
  4. Add quinoa to dressing and toss well, then stir in remaining ingredients (beans, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro).
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