Southwest Quinoa Salad

Summer is all about salads, isn’t it?

Quinoa — another genius moment in nature — is actually a seed not a grain. It’s a curious cousin of the spinach plant boasting nutrient density and high levels of protein. Did you know that you can get close to the same level of protein from a serving of quinoa that you can get from a piece of chicken? Yes you can! It’s rich in calcium (for the bones), iron (for energy and brain power), magnesium (to maintain healthy blood pressure), fiber (colon health) and lots more. You get all the benefits of a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index that’s gluten-free. Quinoa is filling yet easier for the body to digest than wheat or rice, which is great if you’re looking for an energy source. Eating quinoa for breakfast or pre-workout is a great way to kick things off, but don’t take my word for it! Learn more!

If quinoa is a super-food then this would be considered a super-salad. It’s full of power, but will keep you feeling light and energized in support of your active lifestyle and demanding, overbooked schedule. This particular salad gets eaten on its own but has also been known to grace a tortilla chip or two.

Southwest Quinoa Salad

1 ½ c cooked quinoa
1 can high quality black beans
1 ear of fresh, raw corn
½ red bell pepper, chopped
1 avocado, diced
½ mango, diced (peaches would also work really well)
1 scallion, chopped
1 handful of chopped cilantro
Lime wedges

Lime Vinaigrette
The juice of 2 limes
¼ c olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Put the beans, corn, red pepper and mango in a medium bowl and toss with ½ the vinaigrette. Add the quinoa, avocado and cilantro (optional) and the remaining vinaigrette and mix. Top with sliced scallions and more cilantro. Taste for your own seasoning adjustments and serve with lime wedges.

Have a fantastic day!

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One thought on “Southwest Quinoa Salad

  1. This really was delicious. Just a small bowl left me feeling full. Thanks for finally posting I’ll be making some at home!

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