I made this Curried Chicken and Barley Salad last week and added some red quinoa along with the barley, just because it sounded good. But, since I had cooked a cup of quinoa - and only used 1/4 of it - I had 3 cups of quinoa left and wanted to find something to make with it. I started searching for a simple salad and found a lovely cilantro lime black bean and quinoa salad. While there may be no better flavor combination than black beans with cilantro and lime, my quinoa was red (and I had other plans for my last can of black beans), so I decided to switch up the beans and use some Cannellini beans. I think it turned out great.
This salad is simple to make, definitely yummy, and can be made ahead so it's ready when you want it. I'd say it's definitely a winner!