Fair Trade Recipe Series: Quinoa & Black Bean Pilaf

First up is Quinoa and Black Bean Pilaf with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette

02/24/2011 - 5:30 PM

Fair Trade USA has teamed up with health coach Jamie Dougherty and by eBay to present you with a series of Fair Trade and Healthy Eating recipes! Each month will feature a different recipe made with Fair Trade Certified ingredients, specially selected by Fair Trade USA. This week, Jamie is cooking with quinoa, one of our favorite good-for-you, good-for-the-planet power grains. Enjoy this fabulous recipe, and don't forget to shop Fair Trade!

Once referred to by the Incas as the “mother of all grains,” quinoa is one of the most complete nutritional superfoods on Earth. Originating in the Andes region of South America, it contains an exceptional balance of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Since its discovery almost 5,000 years ago Andean highland cultures have considered quinoa sacred, and many believe it to have fueled several Andean empires. Today, this extremely versatile grain has found its way down from those ancient mountaintops and into the homes of millions of health-conscious consumers who value its distinctive taste, easy preparation, and nutritional bounty.

By choosing Fair Trade CertifiedTM quinoa, you, the consumer, are helping farmers and their families earn better wages for their hard work, allowing them to hold on to their land, keep their kids in school and invest in the quality of their harvest.

"The accompanying recipe is one of my favorites.  It combines quinoa with black beans and green veggies tossed in a zesty lime-cumin vinaigrette.  This is a quick and delicious one pot meal is great for lunch or dinner and reheats beautifully.  Enjoy!" - Jamie Dougherty

Quinoa and Black Bean Pilaf with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette

I used leftover sautéed green beans and the dish came out great, though I’m sure any precooked green will do.

1 1/2 cups white or red Fair Trade quinoa, picked over, rinsed and drained

3 cups of water

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed, drained, and quickly blanched for 1 minute

1 1/2 cups leftover cooked greens (dino kale, broccoli, green beans)

4 scallions (about ½ cup), chopped

For the Dressing:

5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste

1/3 cup olive oil

In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, a pinch of salt and water and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 16 minutes.

Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add black beans, greens, and scallions.


In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, and cumin.   Add oil in a continuous stream, making sure to continue whisking. Drizzle the dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste.  

Check out La Yapa Organic and Alter Eco for other great quinoa ideas, and to find out where to buy it!

About Our Partners

Jamie Dougherty is a health and lifestyle coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her knowledge and inspirational counseling provides clients with the necessary tools to start on their new path to health and wellness. She shares her recipes, tips, tricks and insights on healthy eating with the community as a contributing blogger and on her site Jamie|Living. by eBay is the world’s largest multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping, featuring tens of thousands of stylish and unique products from around the world. More than simply a place to buy and sell, brings unprecedented trust and transparency to a shopping experience where every purchase makes a positive impact.

02/24/2011 - 5:30 PM
02/24/2011 - 5:30 PM