Quinoa salads are light and refreshing, and a healthy gluten-free salad option. This Mexican quinoa salad combines all the delicious, simple flavours of Tex-Mex cuisine, all in one tasty bowl.
I’m in love with quinoa. Grain-like, but not really a grain, it has a wonderfully nutty flavor. I also love that is it gluten-free – which makes it satiating, but not heavy. Did I mention it is so unbelievably good for you too? It’s high in protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, and iron – which makes it a healthier option than its leafy green counterparts, like romaine and iceberg lettuce.
Quinoa goes well with Southwestern flavors, and the prep is unbelievably foolproof. It’s a simple toss together of black beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado, scallions, mango, lime and balsamic. And it’s just as easily personalized too – add some jalapeños, cilantro, red onions…whatever floats your boat! It will last for days chilled in the fridge which makes it a great make-ahead salad for picnics and gatherings. In fact, this healthy quinoa salad is one of my all-time favourite summer salads. Leafy green salads can get mushy when stored for too long. On the contrary, this Mexican quinoa salad tastes even better the longer it sits. It’s a great summer salad, but I can’t get enough of it in during the winter months, and make it year round.
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