Quinoa Salad with Black Beans by Francie Healey!

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Learn How to Make Quinoa Salad with Black Beans by Francie Healey

Hey there! Author of the book Eat To Beat Alzheimer’s Francie Healey is back on Reading with Your Kids Podcast to bring another nourishing, healthful, and delicious recipe of Quinoa salad with black beans, this salad is visually appealing and very nourishing.

In this episode, Francie shares a  recipe that is filled with nutrients and along with the other ingredients, this salad is highly nutritious and highly delicious. Jed and Francie talks about developing a healthy relationship with food. Francie also tells us how we can use this time in the kitchen together to teach our kids about making healthy choices. Be sure to make this recipe with your kids & have fun!

Here’s more information about Francie Healey

Francie is a health and wellness counselor, who combines her expertise in nutrition and mental health. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Health Counselor in private practice. She holds a Master’s degree in counseling and a certification in health counseling. Her public speaking topics include: brain health and diet, eating well on a budget, self-care and self-worth, infant and child nutrition, and the connection between food and mood.  Francie works privately with clients both locally and nationally.

Francie’s first book, Eat to Beat Alzheimer’s, is a manual for health and cooking.  It provides nutritional science and education to help readers become well-informed on the connection between the food they eat and how it affects their brain health now and in future years.

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans

Preparation: 30 minutes
Serves: 4



  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 dates
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2½ limes

Rinse and drain quinoa and beans. In a saucepan, bring broth to a boil, add quinoa, cover and simmer on low heat until all the water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 10 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Peel and chop avocado. Grate carrots. Chop dates and cilantro. Juice limes.


  • 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, or more to taste
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, combine lime juice, vinegar, cumin, oil, and salt; whisk


⅓ cup goat cheese crumbles

In a large bowl, mix cooked quinoa, beans, avocado, carrots, dates and cilantro. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture, sprinkle in crumbled goat cheese, toss gently.


Dish onto plates, enjoy!

In this interview

  • Francie shares the recipe of super food Quinoa salad with black beans
  •  She talks about importance of adding black beans & quinoa into our diet & explains that in addition to antioxidants, each cup of black beans provides 15 grams of protein and fiber. Black beans also contain small amounts of omega- 3 fatty acids about 3 times as much as other beans.

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Would you like to see more delicious recipes for the whole family? Check out Francie Healey’s website for more information.



Twitter: @FrancieHealey 


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