Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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This salad is so hearty you won’t even notice it’s vegetarian! If you’re craving meat, however,...
Quinoa Salad

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This salad is so hearty you won’t even notice it’s vegetarian! If you’re craving meat, however, it’s versatile enough to add your favorite protein.

647
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup quinoa
  • 1 Cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 lime or lemon
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into small dice
  • 1/2 Cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Cup cooked, rinsed black beans
  • 1/4 Cup vinaigrette
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4 Cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 Cup raw pumpkin seeds

Directions

Soak the quinoa for 10 to 15 minutes in cool water, then rinse in a strainer until the water runs clear. Drain well.

Bring 3/4 water to a boil, add the quinoa, stir well.

Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed.

Rest 5 minutes and fluff with a fork. Set aside to cool.

Cook the corn kernels for 2 to 3 minutes in boiling water and set aside to cool, or leave them raw.

Zest the lime, and mince the zest finely. Juice the lime and combine the juice with the zest.

Combine the cooled quinoa, corn, lime juice and zest, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and beans with the vinaigrette, mixing gently (best done with your hands).

Season to taste and serve over salad greens with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
28g
43%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Protein
29g
58%
Carbs
77g
26%
Vitamin A
192µg
21%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
29.6%
Vitamin C
51mg
86%
Vitamin E
3mg
16%
Vitamin K
75µg
94%
Calcium
124mg
12%
Fiber
15g
62%
Folate (food)
359µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
346µg
86%
Iron
8mg
45%
Magnesium
379mg
95%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
22%
Phosphorus
824mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
12g
N/A
Potassium
1518mg
43%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
21.3%
Sodium
639mg
27%
Thiamin (B1)
0.8mg
50.9%
Zinc
6mg
40%

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