This Instant Pot Quinoa Black Bean Salad is a healthy make-ahead lunch idea. It’s gluten-free, vegetarian and so easy to make for your weekly meal prep!
How long does cooking quinoa in Instant Pot take?
Instant Pot recipes are known for being quick and easy, but Instant Pot quinoa may be the quickest ever. It only takes 2 minutes of cooking time to make quinoa in a pressure cooker!
Of course, that doesn’t include the time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, which is about 10 minutes.
From start to finish, it takes about 20 minutes to make this quinoa black bean salad.
Which quinoa is the best one to use when making Instant Pot quinoa?
You can use any variety of quinoa (red, black or white) when making the Instant Pot quinoa salad. If you prefer a nuttier flavor and a chewier texture, than you should opt for red or black quinoa.
White quinoa usually comes out softer and fluffier after cooking and loses its shape more.
Note: Quinoa expands to four times its size when it’s cooked. You will want to keep this ratio in mind when you’re calculating how much quinoa to make. One cup of uncooked quinoa will yield about 4 cups cooked.
Do you have to rinse quinoa before cooking it?
Quinoa has a natural coating that contains a chemical called saponin. Saponin can sometimes taste bitter or soapy, so it’s a good idea to rinse the quinoa for a few minutes before cooking it.
Even though many quinoa packages are now labeled as “pre-rinsed”, it is still a good idea to give the quinoa a quick rinse before cooking.
Is Instant Pot Quinoa Black Bean Salad healthy?
There are two reasons that this salad is really good for you: quinoa and black beans.
Quinoa seeds are gluten-free and are rich in protein, fiber, B vitamins and other important nutrients such as manganese, phosphorus folate, iron, zinc, and magnesium
Black beans, like other legumes (peas and lentils), are high in protein and fiber and low in fat. They’re a great choice when you are trying to eat healthy. Beans of all types can help you maintain your ideal weight. The fiber helps to keep you feeling full for longer periods of time while helping to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Can I freeze this quinoa and black bean salad?
If stored in an airtight container, cooked Instant Pot quinoa and black bean salad can be left in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you won’t be using it up during that time, then it’s better to freeze the leftovers.
Divide the leftover salad into single servings or family-sized servings and place them into airtight containers, meal prep containers, or freezer bags. If you are using freezer bags, make sure to flatten the bags so that they take up less space in the freezer.
The cooked salad can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months, but for the best tasting salad, consume it within 3 months.
What can I serve with this Instant Pot Quinoa Black Bean Salad?
This salad is great on its own but you can also serve it as a side salad along with your favourite meat dishes. Bonus: this salad tastes great served warm or cold, so it’s perfect year-round!
A couple of my recipes that might go well with this salad include:
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning this Quinoa Salad into your weekly lunches.
- Freeze this recipe in glass microwave-safe bowls up to 3 months.
Instant Pot Quinoa Black Bean Salad
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 cup corn
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
- Add olive oil, quinoa and water to Instant Pot in that order. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 2 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook the 2 minutes.
- Do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
- Let quinoa cool for 10 minutes with the lid off, then mix in remaining ingredients, stirring well. Serve and enjoy! Lasts in fridge up to 5 days.