Friday, August 20, 2010

Southwestern Quinoa Salad





As I mentioned here, I've been experimenting with quinoa recently due to it's light, healthy, nutritious nature. This week I used the red variety to make a Southwestern Quinoa Salad. I chose this recipe because it was simple and straightforward and added an avocado and a bit of red wine vinegar. It exceeded my expectations and was the ideal light but satisfying weeknight meal.

37 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Really love this one...Its great that you added avocado...I am so making a note of it..:) Thanks,sweetie
Have a lovely and sunny Friday

Krystal said...

I keep hearing about quinoa (maybe from you, haha) and I'm getting curious!

Jess said...

Yum that looks really good! Have a great weekend!

Erica said...

Yum! This looks delicious and super healthy.

Leia said...

I love quinoa! That looks DELISH!

Leia

Cara said...

I really want to start "experimenting" with it as well...

style'n said...

Valerie, I am all over this one. My mom is visiting this weekend and she is vegetarian so I know she will love this. And my husband's favorite food is Mexican! So, I think we have our menu set for Sunday now. Thanks and have a great weekend,
Naina

Melissa said...

I just bought red quinoa yesterday (I've been using the plain stuff for awhile). Perfect timing!

Nikki said...

Looks delicious! I like your use of quinoa in all your yummy salads.
Have a great weekend Valerie!

xx
Nikki

StephanieTJLee said...

Oh gosh that looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Will use one day :)!

Torrie said...

Beautiful dish and colors!!

Thank you so much for your nice message. I was totally out of sight in blog-land (I don't know why I keep calling it that, like it's an adventure park, but whatever...:)- due to a horrible migraine. But I did read your message and it made me smile... and took me out of my misery- for a second:). All better now though and ready for the weekend the LAST of summer for us!
Have a wonderful time at your parents! If you don't mind me asking, what area are they from?

Jammer said...

This looks sooo good! I've been looking for a way to cook quinoa foreverrrrr

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oooh yummy, this looks good!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have never before tasted quinoa, but yum! This looks amazing!! :)

Marcie said...

This looks amazing. I can see it going great in a corn tortilla too! (I always need to add my carbs). You've been cooking some great dishes lately. Gabe must be happy. :)

Have a great weekend!
M

Lindsay said...

Yum! Does quinoa fill you up pretty good? I need to try this one too :)

Gabriel said...

This salad was awesome! But if someone tries to tell you that there is parsley in it don't believe them, its really cilantro. Even so, I can't wait to have it again!

Panda said...

YUM! i love Quinoa, a friend of mine made a salad it was so good! So thank you for sharing this so i can make my own now!!

Julie said...

Quinoa is so good for you...and this salad looks delicious!

Annie said...

Don't you love how this is actually a grain that has a decent amount of protein - so cool! This recipe looks great. I needed more ways to make it.. Thanks Valerie! Enjoy your weekend! xo

Alicia said...

How yummy!! I believe I mentioned before how much I love quinoa.. I'm always looking for new receipes and this looks like a fun one to try.

20 York Street said...

Gotta try this dish sometime soon! Just updated my blog roll to include RED VINES!

Have a great weekend Val!

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Katie said...

Looks yummy!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

This looks delicious! I love quinoa and am always looking for new recipes. Thank you!

Hope u have a wonderful weekend, honey! xoxo

Chas said...

Yum, that looks good. I love avocado and the beans and corn look amazing so I think I will have to give it a try!

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this free bird said...

Yes! Quinoa = amazing. I love how you're finding different ways to use it and sharing w/us. I would most def eat this...and maybe will this weekend now that it's perfectly warm and sizzly outside. Yay!!

Have a great weekend visiting the niece!

xoxo,
Carrie

Josie said...

Oooh, this looks so tasty! Have a fab weekend, dear!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Mmmmmmm, that looks mighty delish!

Kristin W said...

I want to try this! I've been dying to experiment with quinoa. I can't wait to try it!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

What a mouthwatering dish! Looking at these pictures is making me very hungry. Hahaha

OneCraftyFox said...

This looks incredible and delicious!!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend :)

gleenn said...

Yummy! Makes me so hungry now :) Reminds me I must go for lunch now, haha!

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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This looks so delicious. I had a great quinoa dish the other day. Lots of tomatos! So good!

Join the Gossip said...

That looks so good :) mmm

The Zhush said...

Yum, I want to try this, looks and sounds amazing!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Yum, I totally love these kind of salads and quinoa is super healthy - thanks for the reminder!

style'n said...

Valerie-I just made the southwestern quinoa and it's so easy and delicious! I didn't have an avocado but next time I will add it. I also added extra green onions, and some ground cumin and coriander. I didn't have red quinoa but white quinoa worked great. Thanks for sharing!
naina