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Zesty Mexican Quinoa Salad


  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. uncooked quinoa
  • 2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 15 oz. can black beans, drained
  • 15 oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 c. grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 c. red onion, diced
  • zest of half a lime
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. white wine vingear
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa in broth according to package directions. Once cooked, drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and onion in a large bowl.
  3. Combine dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until emulsified. Add dressing and zest to bean mixture and toss. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread quinoa on a large platter. Top with bean mixture. Garnish with cilantro.
  5. Serve same day.

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Recipe adapted from The Dallas Morning News.

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