Healthy Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Healthy Southwest Quinoa Salad – Southwest and Mexican flavors are my very favorite and I am always looking for ways to make traditional flavors healthier.


Healthy Southwest Quinoa Salad
 
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Lightened up healthy, southwestern inspired salad - loaded with flavor and protein!
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Recipe type: Main Entree
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 c uncooked quinoa (cook in 2 c vegetable broth with zest of 1 lime)
  • ¼ c red onion, minced
  • 1 red pepper, minced
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ c sliced black olives
  • few large handfuls of fresh baby spinach (or your favorite green)
  • 4 corn tortillas (brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and cumin, cut in triangles
  • and baked at 350 for about 15 minutes until crisp)
Pico De Gallo
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 T red onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • ½ jalapeno, minced (with or without seeds)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • few tablespoons of fresh cilantro
  • 1 t crushed red pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • few drops of Cholulu (or your favorite hot sauce)
Avocado Dressing
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • ½ jalapeno, minced (with or without seeds)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 T red onion, chopped
  • 1 t crushed red pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • few drops of Cholulu (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • few tablespoons of fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. For salad, combine all ingredients (except tortillas) in a large bowl.
  2. For Pico De Gallo, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. For Avocado Dressing, process all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. To serve, put some salad in serving bowls, top with pico, dressing,
  5. and some baked tortilla chips.

Healthy Southwest Quinoa Salad – quick and delicious, add to your must make meals

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