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Mexican Quinoa Salad
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Mexican Quinoa Salad

This Mexican Quinoa Salad is filled with all sorts of good for you things - like black beans, orange bell peppers, quinoa and avocados. 
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 682kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 14 oz canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup corn canned or frozen, thawed
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 slices pickled jalapeno peppers finely chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted and cut into cubes
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce
  • 1 3/4 oz tortilla chips crumbled, plus more for serving
  • 1 lime halved, to serve

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the quinoa.  Add 1 cup of water to a lidded saucepan and add the quinoa.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy.  Remove from the heat and drain off any excess water and set aside to cool. 
  • In a large bowl combine the quinoa, beans, corn, onion, peppers, and jalapenos.  Mix until combined and then lightly stir in the avocado. 
  • Shred the lettuce and add it to bowl, sprinkle with the tortilla chips and toss lightly.  Serve with more tortilla chips and fresh lime wedges to squeeze over the salad. 

Notes

  • Quinoa - be sure and rinse it first to remove the natural coating which may taste soapy or bitter.
  • Black Beans - can use kidney beans.
  • Corn - fresh or frozen.
  • Red Onion - I used Quick Pickled Red Onions because I don't like raw onions.
  • Red Bell Pepper - preferably organic since bell peppers are on the dirty dozen list.
  • Romaine Lettuce - can also use kale for more nutrition value or iceberg lettuce.
Note - if you want to serve this salad later or pack it for a lunch - keep the tortilla chips separate until serving.   

Nutrition

Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 2070mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4300IU | Vitamin C: 326.7mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 7.7mg