Black Bean Quinoa Cilantro Salad

Before Sweet Pea came along and Boo was really young, her and I would spend our days reading and learning about things that little minds need and love to learn about.

I taught her the colors, she learned her numbers, and she sang the ABC’s 845 times a day.

She was an extremely fast learner and would pick up on practically any song, dance, letter, and/or number that we would teach her. I have to admit that she made me one proud mama, and I loved having her perform and repeat the things she learned to others.

Recently though, Boo’s ability to ‘pick up and learn things’ at an extremely fast rate has somewhat made me wonder if we are destined for trouble in the future. And more often than not, I would much rather she not repeat the things she’s learned..from whatever sources they have come from.

If your wondering what types of things Boo has been saying or doing, I can give you a brief synopsis…

I also must add that I’ve been told to knock it off several times a day…

I’m at a loss for words…

And on days when I ask Baby Boo what she wants for lunch and her response is simply, “Nobody Cares…”

Well then I make what I want and don’t consider whether or not she’s going to like it.

How Rude.

Black Bean Quinoa Cilantro Salad

Makes 5 cups


2 c. veggie broth

1/2 c. dry quinoa

1 c. cooked corn

1 can black beans drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper diced

1 large tomato diced

2 avocados diced

(For the dressing)

1/4 c. onion

2 garlic cloves

1 tomatillo

1 bunch cilantro

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp. dijon mustard

1 tsp. agave

1 TB. olive oil

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. salt/dash of pepper


1. In a pot add veggie broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook quinoa until fully cooked for about 20 minutes. For better directions on how to cook quinoa, click HERE.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, make the dressing. Process dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor until combined, like so:

3. Once the quinoa is done and cooled down, add it to a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and fold in the dressing. Top with crushed tortilla chips! 🙂 Or use tortilla chips to scoop it out! 🙂

I was completely confused as to where Boo was learning these not so nice phrases until I sat down with a big bowl of this for lunch and turned on my recorded episode of Housewives.

One of the ladies shouted, “What the He!!”, and Boo quickly responded…

Ya. You get the picture.

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  1. This salad looks delish!! Like a perfect pack for the hubs to eat at lunch for work type!! (as long as there are cookies to go with it LOL) Sorry Boo is giving you a hard time, my mom said that I used to say “get out of here” all the time with attitude… funny where the LO’s learn such language 🙂

  2. Sharon Beyler says:

    You crack me up!! You are a very good writer! Wish I had someone to make these recipes for me!! Love you!

  3. This looks SO good!
    Where did you get Boo’s dress when she is standing on the bed? It is SO cute! And what a beautiful pic of the girls.

    • Thanks Jessica!!
      I got them matching dresses off of Zulilly! They don’t have them any more but they always have dresses similar to that all the time!

  4. I live in Haiti where pretty much all of the healthier ingredient options cost an arm and a leg (import costs, blah blah) but this is one of your recipes I had to try (sans agave and tomatillos, or a good food processor) and it turned out great! It was very light and fresh (fresh fruits & veggies abound here) and great in the Caribbean heat. Will definitely be a repeat 🙂 Thanks!

    • I am SOO glad you were able to enjoy this dish, I can only imagine how hard it is when you don’t have easy access to certain things! But I am so proud of you for doing your best with what you are blessed with and wanting to eat fresh and healthy!! Thanks kara!


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