Red Quinoa & Black Bean Salad witih Mango

Lime and Garlic Vinaigrette

This dressing might seem heavy on the lime juice, but grains and beans can take a more acidic dressing than greens. They seem to absorb the citrusy tang, and I usually find I have to add a little more to achieve the right flavour. If you let the salad sit in the refrigerator before serving, always taste and adjust the seasonings first, including the lime juice. This recipe makes enough to dress the Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Mango.

Category Salad
Keyword lime garlic dressing, lime garlic vinaigrette, salad dressing, vinaigrette
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author © Marlene Cornelis/Urban Cottage Life 2013


  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (if you get some pulp in it, so much the better in my opinion)
  • 1 fat clove garlic, finely minced (see Notes)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4–1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl or a jar, and whisk (or shake) until emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings. Remember, this relatively small amount of dressing is going to adorn a big salad, so the flavours need to be quite bold.

Recipe Notes

If you don't care for chunks of garlic, you can use a rasp to achieve consistent fineness.