• Roasted Salmon, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

    Ingredients

    Yield: 10 portions

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Quinoa
      ¾ cup
    • Black beans, cooked
      (or canned and 1½ cups rinsed)
    • Red wine vinegar
      1½ Tbsp.
    • Kosher salt and pepper
      pinch
    • Red pepper, roasted and diced small
      1 cup
    • Red onion, diced small
      ¾ cup
    • Pickled jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped
      2 ea.
    • Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
      ½ cup
    • Salmon, roasted and cooled
      1 lb.
    • Watercress, large stems removed
      3 cups

    Dressing

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Fresh lime juice
      6 Tbsp.
    • Kosher salt
      1 tsp.
    • Cumin, ground
      1 tsp.
    • Cayenne pepper
      ¼ tsp.
    • Olive oil
      ½ cup

    Method

    1. For the quinoa: In a bowl, wash the quinoa in at least 3 changes of cold water, rubbing the grains and letting them settle before pouring off most of the water until the water runs clear; drain in a large fine sieve.
    2. Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot and add the quinoa. Lower the heat and cover; cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork to break up any clumps.
    3. While the quinoa is cooking, toss the beans with vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Let sit for 30 minutes before draining off excess liquid.
    4. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add the drained beans, red bell pepper, red onions, jalapeños, and cilantro; toss gently to combine.
    5. For the dressing: In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, salt, cumin and cayenne pepper. Add the oil in a stream, whisking.
    6. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well with salt and cayenne to taste. Crumble half the cooked salmon and add gently to the salad. This salad may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
    7. To serve: Mound a small pile of watercress on a plate and top with 1 cup of the bean salad. Top with the remaining roasted salmon on top.