Mexican-Style Quinoa Salad
If you’re looking for a great quinoa salad that is pretty enough for company but easy enough for everyday meals, try this Mexican Quinoa Salad. It’s great served with baked sweet potatoes and vegan quesadillas. Or pair it with one of VegKitchen’s warming fall harvest soups. Recipe and photo contributed by Wendy Polisi, reprinted from Cooking Quinoa.
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa*
- 1 1/2 cups black beans
- 1 cup corn, thawed
- 1 tomato, seeded and diced
- 1/2 red onion, slivered
- 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño, diced
- 4 corn tortillas
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 to 1 chipotle chilie in adobo sauce
(The dish will be HOT if you use a whole one)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 avocado, diced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, tomato, red onion and pickled jalapeño.
Slice corn tortillas into narrow strips. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and add tortilla strips. Spray again. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until crispy. (Check often to make sure the tortillas don’t burn – I was using homemade tortillas* and they took closer to 15 minutes. I’m guessing store bought may not take as long.)
Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine lime juice, chipotle chile, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, agave nectar, cumin, and salt. Process until mixture is smooth. Toss with quinoa mixture.
Plate quinoa and top with avocado and tortilla strips. (If making ahead, wait to put avocado and tortilla strips on at the last minute. Store leftover tortilla strips in an air tight bag, and return to oven to crisp if desired prior to serving.)
For lots of great quinoa recipes, including a downloadable book, go to Wendy Polisi’s Cooking Quinoa.