October 1, 2012

Mexican Quinoa Salad



The ingredients in this salad are similar to my southwestern chopped salad but with quinoa instead of romaine, and it's tossed with a cumin-lime dressing. My husband loves to take it along for his work lunch. So fresh and healthy with a protein boost! We love it served with avocado as well.


Vegan, gluten-free

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups black beans (or a 15 oz. can)
1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen, thawed)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 red bell pepper, diced
5 green onions, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (more to taste)
Optional: serve topped with avocado

{For the dressing}
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice from 1 lime (more to taste)
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions
Rinse and drain quinoa. Add to pot with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until water has absorbed and quinoa is tender.
In a small bowl, add all five dressing ingredients and whisk together to thoroughly combine.
In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa with all other salad ingredients.
Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine.
Can serve immediately or chill before serving.

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35 comments:

  1. YUM! I always want to find healthier Mexican side dishes. Will be making for sure!

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  2. Girl we must have ESP. I am posting a Fiesta Quinoa salad on Wednesday. Great minds think alike!

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  3. I'm in love with this! that dressing sounds to die for, and gorgeous photos too.

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  4. Ohh my goodness...this looks amazing!

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  5. I've been on a real health food kick lately! Can't wait to try this salad.. I also tried your chocolate oat balls and featured them on my blog today! Loved them! {your newest follower} :)

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    1. Hi Lori Ann! Great to hear you loved the chocolate oat balls. Thanks for coming back and letting me know. They're definitely one of our favorites - I just made another (triple!) batch yesterday :) Hope you love this quinoa salad as well!

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  6. Making this tonight! I love quinoa, but still working on my husband to become a fan. Maybe this recipe will do the trick!

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    1. Fingers crossed! ;) Would love to hear what the verdict is - good luck!

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  7. Does the lime juice make this recipe, or would lemon juice work ok?

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    1. Hi there! We love the flavor of lime in this but you could certainly try lemon instead! I've never done that so be sure to let me know how it turns out if you try it :)

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  8. Just made this today! Any idea how many weight watchers points plus this would be?! It's absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Renee! I wish I knew the answer to that - unfortunately I don't have the nutrition facts or a way to calculate ww points. So glad to hear you liked it though! Take care

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    2. Hi Renee/Kaitlin

      I added this to the Weight Watchers recipe builder & its comes out to 6 points plus points per serving when served as a side dish to serve 8. Hope that helps! I'm making it tonight to bring in to work tomorrow!

      ~Sincerely,
      Monica S

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    3. Hi Monica! That's so sweet of you to leave a message! Thanks so much for the info for WW. Hope you enjoyed it at work! :)

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  9. Another amazing recipe. I made some mexican spicy chicken chunks and added it to it - delicious. Thank you!

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    1. Hey Page! I LOVE that you're loving thre recipes here! So fun to hear all the ones you're trying :)

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  10. Looks delish! How many does this recipe feed?

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    1. Hi there! It really varies depending on whether you plan to serve it as a side dish or main dish. As a main dish I would estimate about 4, and as a side about 6-8. Hope that helps :)

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  11. Am I missing something? 1/3c oil to 1 lime seemed VERY oily. I added two more limes and that helped. I am pregnant with twins, so maybe I'm just crazy!
    I did really enjoy it, and it's doctor approved for the high protein diet I'm using to grow these boys to full term!

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    1. Hi! There is a bit of oil in the dressing. Adding more lime juice sounds like a fantastic idea! Glad you enjoyed it after your tweaking, and CONGRATS on your sweet baby boys! Way to go mama!! Keep up the good work :)

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  12. I cut back on the olive by doing 1/4 a cup instead of 1/3. Also instead of frozen corn, I roasted it fresh in the oven, and it came out amazing. My family can't stop raving about how yummy it is!

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    1. Perfect!! And I love your addition of fresh roasted corn - I MUST try that next time :) Glad your family loved it!

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  13. I've made this recipe a couple of times (THANKS!) and then lost the print-out. Luckily, I was able to find it again through one of my Pinterest boards! I am making it again for a fourth of July party tonight. It's always a huge hit. I love making "clean" foods to take with me to cookouts. Thanks again for the recipe! Since you've done me such a favor, here's a little treat from you. This recipe is always a hit too - from one of my friend's blogs.
    http://www.sowonderfulsomarvelous.com/2012/07/orzo-pasta-salad.html blogs.

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    1. Hi Karen! So glad this recipe is a hit, thanks for letting me know! I love orzo salads - I'll definitely check that one out. Yum! Happy 4th! :)

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  14. How many serving is this salad?? looks so good!!!!!

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    1. Hi! If you're using it as a main dish, it can serve about 4-5, and if using as a side dish it will be more around 6-8 :)

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  15. Hi! I just found your site a few days ago and made this on the weekend for dinners throughout the week. I'm still in high school & my parents aren't vegan like me so its great to find delicious and simple recipes like this! Thanks so much for the great recipe, it's absolutely delicious. Please keep up the great work! :)

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for your lovely comment! That's awesome you're able to keep up with your vegan diet even though your family isn't vegan. Quinoa salads are perfect to keep in the fridge throughout the week! So glad you enjoyed it. Hope you find other recipes here you love just as much! Take care :)

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  16. Delicious! So easy & full of yummy flavours, thank you :-)

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  17. Just blogged about what a big hit this recipe was with our 4- and 3-year-old. Thanks for the easy, nutritious, and family-friendly recipe!

    http://hallelujahismysong.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-house-of-quinoa-converts-jane-says-i.html

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    1. Hi Catherine! That is so awesome!! So happy to hear it worked out for ALL of you! I love meals that are a hit with all ages across the board - makes life so much easier, doesn't it!? :) Thanks for the message and link!

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  18. We've made this recipe several times and really enjoy it! Taking the salad on a road trip tomorrow so we'll have it for a few days. Sure better than stopping at Taco Bell along the way! Thanks so much for the super recipe!

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    1. Hi Donna! Ohhh what a perfect meal for a road trip!! FAR better than fast food if you ask me ;) Sure to keep you energized and feeling good so you can fully enjoy your trip :) Thanks so much for the sweet comment and so glad to hear you've been enjoying it!

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