Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango

Allow me to introduce you to our cookbook collection. Well, a small part of our cookbook collection.

This doesn’t include two more hidden shelves and a box in the garage. Not to mention stacks of Bon Appetit and Food & Wine. And, oh, yes, the dozens of food blogs that I subscribe to.

And, yet, sometimes it feels most convenient to Google an ingredient or an idea and arrive at inspiration for dinner. But we’ve been making more of an effort recently to prepare dishes that we’ve bookmarked and dog-eared. This is one such recipe.

It comes from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook that we purchased after we previewed Forks Over Knives earlier this year.

The simple side salad includes quinoa, mangoes, red bell peppers, scallions, black beans, and cilantro in a simple oil and vinegar dressing. Though you can substitute any grains, beans, and fruits. And you certainly don’t have to be vegan to enjoy it.

What’s your go-to cookbook?

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango

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Serves 4 to 6.


  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Combine mango, red bell pepper, scallions, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Add red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, and salt; stir to combine. Add quinoa and stir until incorporated. Fold in black beans. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

(Adapted from Veganomicon)

5 thoughts on “Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango

  1. I am glad that somone’s collection is large than mine (by quite a bit, might I add!).

    This salad looks GREAT! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Our collection of cook books exploded after our wedding, so right now I am having a lot of fun with those. But I find myself going back to Real Simple a lot, and food blogs, because some of the ones in books like The Newlywed CookBook are SO time intensive and butter-laden. No wonder people gain 10+ lbs in their first year of wedded bliss. 🙂

  3. I own a ton of cookbooks too and I’ve been making it a point to cook through all of them… it’s a personal goal of mine. Still, it’s so overwhelming and there are so many others I want to buy but I know I’ll be eve more overwhelmed. Do you have a strategy?

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