Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

A light refreshing quinoa salad with healthy ingredients, like black beans and radish. Topped with a sweet and tangy honey lime dressing!

I can’t believe I am able to say this, but I started the final rotation of my Dietetic Internship today! I will be done with this long career changing process in 6 weeks, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally enter the Nutrition work force.

Quinoa Salad with radish, black bean, scallion and honey-lime dressing

Luckily, I’ve had some great experiences throughout the internship, one of which was my food service rotation. For the last 6 weeks, I worked with the food service team at a corporate law firm.  The Executive Chef was extremely talented and cared so much about food and sustainability.  He was also really open to incorporating more health and wellness in the corporate cafe.  As part of my rotation, I was tasked with creating a healthy seasonal recipe to be served in the law firm’s cafe.  I really love radishes this time of year, and the kitchen had an abundance of local radishes from Hudson Valley Harvest.  As a result, I created this quinoa salad with radishes, black beans and scallions dressed with a sweet and tangy honey lime vinaigrette.

Quinoa Salad with radish, black bean, scallion and honey-lime dressing

Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

Servings 2


  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup radish, diced
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, diced


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer. Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes. Once the water is absorbed, turn off the heat.

  2. While the quinoa cooks, make the dressing. In a small bowl, combine the oil, lime juice, honey, salt and cayenne pepper. Whisk the ingredients until thoroughly combined.

  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, radish, black beans and scallions. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and refrigerate. Serve cold.


  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    June 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Love me a good grain salad! Great flavors 🙂

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    June 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    This sounds so good with the vinaigrette!!! yum!

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    Sarah Grace FFH
    June 26, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    loveee adding quinoa to my actual salads..so this looks delicious to mix up and keep for that!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

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    Marsha Farmer
    July 31, 2017 at 10:51 am

    WOW It’s look yummy and delicious. Really enjoyed this blog post. Looking forward to read more.

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