Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad

I love food with lots of colors and lots of flavor. I have been trying to make some meals ahead for the week so that I have easy, healthy options to take for lunch at work, and this is my favorite so far!!! 

1 cup dry quinoa
1 cup frozen corn 
1 bunch fresh cilantro, torn 
1 bunch green onions 
1/2 medium red onion
1 tomato
1 bell pepper 
1 jalapeno pepper, if desired 
1 lime
1-2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed) 
Seasonings al gusto: salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic

First cook the quinoa according to the directions (I did 1 cup dry quinoa with 2 1/4 cups vegetable broth, cooked on the stove-top until all the liquid has been absorbed.) 

While the quinoa is cooking you can chop up all those other colorful ingredients into small pieces.

The in a large bowl mix the quinoa, beans, and everything else! Squeeze the juice of 1 lime and add seasonings as well. I just put it in the fridge overnight to let the corn defrost and it was ready to go! 

This tasted so fresh and summery wrapped in a tortilla with a little bit of cheese. It's a super easy salad that would also work great for a summer potluck.