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Fiesta Quinoa Salad

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  • Makes 5 to 7 servings

Now that summer has arrived my favorite quick-cooking grain to eat is quinoa. We use seasonal summer produce to make this salad nutrient-packed! This Mexican-inspired quinoa dish uses both regular and red quinoa for added texture and beauty. If you can’t find red quinoa, you can use all white.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white quinoa, plus ¼ cup red quinoa, washed and drained
  • 1 cup fresh corn, off the cob
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow pepper (or another color bell pepper)
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa, corn, and water in a medium saucepan with pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer covered for 20 minutes over low flame.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
  4. Fluff quinoa with fork, place in medium bowl, and stir in the black beans, veggies, dressing, and cilantro.
  5. Season with sea salt if needed. Serve this Mexican recipe warm or cold the next day.

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Christy Morgan

Christy Morgan, known as The Blissful & Fit Chef, is a vegan chef, educator, athlete, and personal trainer. She is the author of Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet and the Editor-in-Chief and creator of Definition Magazine. Contact her for details on how to reach all your health and fitness goals!

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