In summer, make this with fresh, sweet corn; frozen corn works fine in the winter.
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1 cup quinoa
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup cooked corn kernels
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
How to Make It
Rinse the quinoa in 3 changes of water in a bowl, rubbing the grains and letting them settle each time before pouring off the water (if the quinoa does not settle, drain in a large fine-mesh sieve after each rinse).
Cook the quinoa in a medium saucepan of boiling well-salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well in a sieve.
While the quinoa cooks, stir together the onions, jalapeño, olive oil, lime juice and cumin in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the warm quinoa to the dressing, along with the black beans, corn and cilantro. Toss gently to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.
The salad can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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