Mexican Quinoa Salad

Make this light and refreshing quinoa salad recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand! This flavorful Mexican salad is vegan and gluten-free and the perfect vegetarian meal to add to your rotation.

Mexican Quinoa Salad

When in doubt make a quinoa salad…who is with me?! I’ve been making quinoa salads since prehistoric Fit Foodie Finds time. I remember when I could buy quinoa in the bulk section for $2.99/lb. because no one knew about it! Then, one day it hit mainstream and prices tripled. #TBT Don’t you worry, I’m still a fan and obviously still incorporate quinoa (salads) into my nutrition regime on a weekly basis. I do this mostly because it’s healthy, easy to make, and something I almost always have on hand.

Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein? I was just refreshing my memory on what a complete protein is, thank you Greatist and reaffirmed myself that quinoa really is the superfood of all superfoods. So, there are 9 essential amino acids that the body can not produce and a complete protein is when a protein has all 9 amino acids in nearly equal amounts. Sounds confusing, I know, just go with it! If you’re a vegetarian or don’t eat a lot of meat, quinoa needs to be yo jam!

Ingredients

This is actually an older recipe that we recently reinvented. Did a little recipe tweaking, new photos, and bam, you’ve got yourself some delicious Mexican quinoa. Now, we’ve got a handful of vegan quinoa recipes here on FFF (because of the whole complete protein thing, and well, they’re just naturally vegan). This recipe, in particular, is also vegan. It’s gluten-free and vegetarian, too! Here’s the basis of what cha need!

Mexican Quinoa Salad

  • Quinoa, uncooked
  • Black beans
  • Sweet corn
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Avocados
  • Mexican vinaigrette
Salad Dressing
Recipe

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Make this light and refreshing quinoa salad recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand! This flavorful Mexican salad is vegan and gluten-free and the perfect vegetarian meal to add into your rotation.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can sweet corn
  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 large red onion, minced
  • 2 large avocados, sliced (for serving)

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced (1/4 cup lime juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
  2. Once quinoa is cooked, place in a large Tupperware and let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Prepare dressing by placing all ingredients into a mason jar. Put cap on and shake until combined.
  4. Prepare salad, by mixing together cooked quinoa, black beans, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Mix until combined. Then, pour on dressing and mix again.

Notes

  • Nutrition is for 8 servings

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
  • Calories: 307
  • Sugar: 4
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 35
  • Fiber: 8
  • Protein: 9

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