Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mexican Quinoa Salad


This Mexican Quinoa salad is full of fresh ingredients and has a zippy jalapeno vinaigrette!  Perfect for a side or main dish.

Mexican Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner
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Spring has arrived and I'm so in the mood for lighter food with brighter colors that are full of flavor.  That is where this Mexican Quinoa Salad comes in.  It's full of fresh ingredients and has a zippy jalapeno vinaigrette that perfectly helps marry the salad together.  I guess it is just that time of year where I'm looking beyond comfort food and start incorporating some lighter fare.  I've been craving lots of veggies so this salad helps with that and the addition of quinoa keeps it on the healthier side.  I couldn't wait for the photo shoot to be done so I could enjoy it for my lunch.  I'm pretty sure I'll be bringing it to work tomorrow (if there is any left!)

I really love Mexican flavors - could it be the black beans, corn, avocado, peppers?  It's all of that plus the jalapeno vinaigrette as well!  Your taste buds will come alive when your fork hits your tongue.  With Cinco de Mayo coming up in about a month or so, this would make a great side dish along with a side of some burritos (and a margarita). Also keep it in mind for summer picnics as well - your friends and family will thank you.


As I always mention, you could definitely add some of your favorite ingredients too.  Maybe some different peppers, red onions and if you wanted to make this a complete meal, some cooked chicken would be a great addition.  The dressing wasn't too spicy but I think it might get a little spicier as it sits.  I only used about 1/2 of a medium sized jalapeno.  If you like spice, then definitely add some more.  I did not use all the dressing but you certainly could depending on how much you would like.

Hope you enjoy this tasty salad!  Would love to know what other salads you might like!  Another one of our favorites is this Crunchy Apple Almond Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing.

Mexican Quinoa Salad


by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 large red pepper diced
  • 1/2 large orange pepper diced
  • 11 oz canned corn drained
  • 15 oz black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapenos
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
Instructions
  1. Place the quinoa and water (or broth) in a medium saucepan, bring to boil then cover and cook for 15 minutes or until done. Let rest with top on for about 5 minutes
  2. In a large bowl combine the peppers, onion, black beans, corn, cilantro and avocado - toss gently until mixed and set aside
  3. In a small food processor combine the cider, oil, honey, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro dijon mustard, garlic and S&P; blend until very smooth - there will be some small pieces left
  4. When the quinoa has cooled a bit add to the veggies, toss to mix and then drizzle the dressing over and mix again.
  5. This can be served warm or chilled
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Jalapeno Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

Jalapeno Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

Pour that tasty dressing over your salad!

Mexican Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

Mexican Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner



Mexican Quinoa Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

25 comments:

  1. I found quinoa when I worked as a nanny and I loved how easy it was to change up and customize the flavors. This recipe looks amazing, especially because Mexican food is one of my favorites :)

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    1. Thanks Meaghan - I agree with you - I find quinoa very versatile!

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  2. That is a beautiful salad...loving that vinaigrette.

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  3. I love colorful salads - they're beautiful in presentation and they usually provide a wide array of textures and flavors!

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  4. I love these flavors....and that vinaigrette! I would use it on everything!

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  5. Did you say jalapeno vinaigrette?? Oh my gosh, that sounds delicious! And I am always down for a good side dish made with quinoa. ;)

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! And this Jalapeño vinaigrette is screaming my name!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes the vinaigrette is the "star" of the show :)

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  7. This is awesome! Such a pretty salad!

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  8. Deb, this is gorgeous is just the way I like to eat! That vinaigrette sounds amazing, and I can't wait to make this!

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  9. Oh this looks so colorful and tasty! The vinaigrette sounds so delicious as well!

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  10. This looks so yummy! I will be trying it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This is my kind of salad! I would want to use that vinaigrette on everything!

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  12. Such a gorgeous salad! And yes, I'm with you on loving all those Mexican ingredients - especially when they're served up so healthy and fresh like this :) Perfect spring and summer recipe. And the vinaigrette sounds awesome, too! Pinning and can't wait to give it a try!

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  13. Such a gorgeous salad! And yes, I'm with you on loving all those Mexican ingredients - especially when they're served up so healthy and fresh like this :) Perfect spring and summer recipe. And the vinaigrette sounds awesome, too! Pinning and can't wait to give it a try!

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  14. Yum I'm loving all the beautiful colors in this dish! I'm pinning this for sure. Thanks for sharing

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  15. This looks incredibly delicious! I love the sound of that dressing!

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  16. I love quinoa and how versatile it is! This looks amazing!

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  17. Sounds great, esp the vinaigrette! It's apple cider, not apple cider vinegar? Just making sure. Thanks!

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    1. It is vinegar - missed on my part - thanks for catching - now updated!

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  18. Wow! That dressing, the ingredients (I used red quinoa), everything…my mouth thanks you and so does my tummy.

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  19. I enjoyed this salad a lot! I'm so glad I tried it! Very fresh and tasty!

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