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  • Writer's pictureCRAIG BRYAN

Healthy Recipe, Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Steak

We love the chipotle-rubbed sirloin, but this salad is a wonderful use for any leftover steak. From


Ingredient Checklist

  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 (6-ounce) top sirloin steaks

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon honey

  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa

  • 1 cup unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions

  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach leaves

  • 1 ounce crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 cup)

  • ½ cup ripe peeled avocado, sliced


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine 1 teaspoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, chipotle chile powder, and black pepper; rub evenly over steaks. Add steaks to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut steaks diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

  • Step 2

Combine remaining 4 teaspoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, juice, and next 4 ingredients (through honey) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in quinoa, beans, bell pepper, cilantro, green onions, and spinach; toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta. Divide quinoa mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls; top evenly with steak and avocado.


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Nutrition Facts

Makes 4 servings, each with: 340 calories; fat 14.8g; saturated fat 3.5g; mono fat 7.6g; poly fat 1.2g; protein 24g; carbohydrates 27g; fiber 7g; cholesterol 51mg; iron 4mg; sodium 421mg; calcium 103mg.

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