Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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

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.