Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado & Black Beans

Note from Vegangela

One Green Planet asked me submit a Thanksgiving recipe again this year. Last year, I came up with some Quinoa-Stuffed Thanksgiving Squash, which is not only beautiful but also filling and nutritious. This year, I decided to prepare something a bit lighter. The full recipe is available on the One Green Planet website and I’ve also re-posted it here along with a few more photos. To everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this week, have a safe and happy holiday!

Are you lucky enough to be enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner this year? Some friends of ours are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for all of us American and Canadian ex-pats and I can’t wait to share a couple of my favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes with them. Having said that, I can only eat so much stuffing, mashed potatoes, Tofurky and pumpkin pie. With all that over-indulgence, I’ll be seeking-out lighter meals after the festivities are over. I thought you might too.So here’s my Thanksgiving gift to you. I call it The “Next Day” Salad!

Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado & Black Beans (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This salad is light yet satisfying. The cucumber, fresh coriander (cilantro), mint, and lime make it super refreshing, and the black beans and quinoa give it a protein punch.

Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber & Avocado

Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber & Avocado Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber & Avocado

Notes

  • The lime juice will help prevent the avocado and mango from turning brown, but I would still serve this the same day that you make it.
  • Toss in a handful of baby spinach or rocket (arugula) if you want a few greens in there.
  • Feel free to add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like things hot!
How to Cut a Mango How to Cut a Mango How to Cut a Mango

My friend Lisette taught me how to cut a mango, Queensland-style. The trick is to use the stem as your guide. Simply slice the mango to the left or right of the stem. If you hit the stone (pit), just move a little farther from the middle, until you can slice the whole way through. Then carve horizontal and vertical marks in the flesh, and push against the skin to fan out the fruit. I love it – thanks girl!

Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado & Black Beans (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado & Black Beans
 
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I also like to call this the "next day salad" - it's perfectly fresh and healthy after you've overindulged on heavy foods! Vegan, Gluten-Free
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Recipe type: Salad, Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed drained
  • 1 fresh mango, cubed
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 cucumber, seeds removed and diced
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the quinoa along with 2 cups salted water in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to the lowest heat setting. Simmer until water is completely absorbed and quinoa is fluffy, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and garlic.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, including the quinoa, and gently combine. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to let the salad cool and flavors combine. Serve immediately.

Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado & Black Beans (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Refreshing Quinoa Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado & Black Beans (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

30 Comments

  1. this recipe reminds me of summer. i love salads with mango so much. i’ll definitely be making this and maybe i’ll eat it in my bikini and pretend i’m on the beach ;)

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    • vegangela says:

      Ha ha, I love that idea! :)

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  2. Laura says:

    Nice job, Angela! This looks delicious. ~ Such beautiful colors and flavors. Have a wonderful holiday. :-)

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Laura – I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well!

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  3. Cara says:

    Hey Fancy Pants! Nice work on the One Green Planet–love it!! Love the idea of a “day after” salad–hehe. Are you gearing up for your upcoming trip???

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Cara! I’ve begin to test-pack my backback and am trying to figure out how to plan 3-months worth of clothes into it. It’s going to be so crazy but I can’t wait!

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  4. Allysia says:

    Mmm, that’s a salad of all good things. I especially love the combination of mango and avocado. It’s funny because your day after salad is more like my “week after” salad, since we always have an endless abundance of leftovers!

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  5. Deb says:

    That looks so good!! Another one to put on my list of things to make. : D

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Deb – Let me know if you try it!

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  6. wow! looks so fresh and delicious!!! :)))

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Erika :)

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  7. looks great for an aussie thanksgiving – hope you enjoy your dinner

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Johanna, it was really fun!

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  8. Zoa says:

    A perfect salad, and what beautiful pictures! The black beans just make it (at least visually ;-), and the little swirly transparent grains of quinoa…in fact, it’s just all around gorgeous and I can practically taste it as I type…

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much Zoa. I love black beans so any excuse to use them is good by me!

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  9. Cara says:

    You have been way too quiet over here, if you ask me!!! (which you didn’t, but I’m still telling you) :) hehe

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  10. Jyoti says:

    Hi,

    I tried this recipe and it was very good. The mangoes really give you a refreshing feel when you bite each piece. Loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Jyoti

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  11. Nikole says:

    This was a hit for our family! So, SO good!!

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    • vegangela says:

      Yay! Glad to hear it!

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  12. Michaela says:

    This salad looks amazing, was thinking about making it as a dish for thanksgiving however I’m wondering if I can make it the night before since I have to work thanksgiving day?

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    • vegangela says:

      You can prepare the quinoa and dressing the night before, but I would add the mango, cucumber and avocado the day-of, so that they don’t turn brown and mushy. Good luck!

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  13. Una says:

    I made this for dinner tonight it was so delicious thank you!!

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    • vegangela says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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  14. Beatriz says:

    I just made this salad and it was DELICIOUS!!!!! thank you very much!

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    • vegangela says:

      I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks for letting me know :)

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  15. ana says:

    Looks delish! However, i dont really like cilantro.. would you have a recommendation for a herb to use as a substitute? Cant wait to make this!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Ana! Feel-free to leave it out. Or maybe try a little fresh parsley? But the fresh mint will make it more than flavorful so feel-free to leave it at that. Hope you like it!

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