This quinoa salad is truly delicious and extremely easy to throw together. Whether you need to throw together a quick and simple side for dinner or you need to bring a side dish to a holiday party. THIS is your dish. Trust me!!! Last night we made some bison burger patties with this as the side and it was perfectly delicious. The great thing about recipes like this is that you can alter it by adding in whatever veggies you enjoy.
Quinoa – 1 Cup
Cherrie Tomatoes – Handful
Black Beans – 1 can
Avocado – 2
Bell Peppers – demanding on the size a couple handfuls of chopped
Olive Oil – roughly 1/2 cup +
Garlic – 1 clove +
Lime/Lime Juice – Juice of one
Lemon Juice – Juice of one
Fresh Cilantro – handfuls
Cook quinoa. Bring 1 cup of quinoa to boil in 2 cups of water. Once the quinoa is boiling, cover and let it simmer on low for 15 minutes. Once the quinoa is finished remove from heat and fluff it with a fork. Pour the quinoa into a large serving bowl.
Strain and wash 1 can of black beans. Add the black beans to the bowl of cooked quinoa.
Wash and cut cherrie tomatoes in half. Add tomatoes to the bowl.
Wash and chop bell peppers. This is up to you on how many to add. I chopped up 5 mini sweet bell peppers. Once you have the bell peppers chopped add them to the bowl.
Cut 2 avocados into bite sized pieces and add to the bowl.
Sprinkle oregano over the top
Now you can add anything else you want: corn, cucumbers, onion, etc. It is totally up to you what ingredients you want to add to make it your own.
The dressing is the thing that sets this quinoa salad apart and makes it so much more delicious.
In a blender add roughly 1/2 – 1 cup of olive oil, juice of a whole lime, juice of a whole lemon, one clove of garlic chopped, handfuls of fresh cilantro and freshly ground pepper.
Blend until the cilantro is finely chopped. Then pour the dressing over the salad. You want the quinoa salad to be coated in the dressing but definitely be careful not to add too much dressing. Add slowly and stir intermittently until you feel there is enough.
**If you have extra dressing just put it in a tupperware and use on a salad later in the week. It makes GREAT salad dressing and is also AMAZING to use on fish and chicken!!!
Put the salad in the refrigerator to cool/keep cool until you are ready to serve it. ENJOY this yummy quinoa salad!