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Healthy, delicious Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad. Great as a side with fish tacos or as a vegetarian meal.
For the dressing:
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, and cumin and add oil in a stream, whisking. Add pepper to taste. Set aside.
For the salad:
In a large bowl wash quinoa in at least 5 changes of cold water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off most of water, until water runs clear. Drain in a large fine sieve.
In a medium size pot, add the table salt to 1-1/2 quarts of boiling water and cook quinoa 10 minutes. Prepare a colander with cheese cloth over it and drain the cooked quinoa into cheese cloth.
Add 2 inches of water into the pot and bring water to boil. Place the quinoa (still in the colander or another small pan, so you have a double boiler effect), cover cooked quinoa with the cheesecloth and put a lid on your pot. Steam for an additional 10 minutes. Do not let quinoa touch the water. Fluff quinoa with a fork and cool.
Combine in a large mixing bowl the beans, corn, remaining vegetables, herbs, and cooled quinoa. Toss gently with the dressing. Can be prepared a day ahead for flavors to combine. Serve at room temperature.