I'm sleepy as I write this.
Georgia just went down for her afternoon nap and while I contemplated crawling under my comforter and closing my eyes, alas, I have resisted the temptation.
Instead of letting me sleep, the voice in my head kept saying “Self, quite being lazy and go type your blog post.”
So… here I am. Even though I want to be napping.
Sometimes I hate that voice.
However, it's right. Where you would be in life if I couldn't muster the energy to type this fine Mexican Quinoa Salad recipe? No where. That's where.
Mexican Quinoa Salad: Easy, fresh, and delicious
Recipe adapted from The Nourished Gourmet
You will need:
– 5 cups cooked quinoa
– 1 bunch chopped cilantro
– 1 diced bell pepper
– 1 can corn (or fresh sliced off the cob!)
– 1 can beans (or 1 cup homecooked)
– 1 diced avocado (optional)
– 1 diced tomato (optional)
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
– 2 teaspoons ground cumin (freshly ground is best!)
– Pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper
– 1 teaspoon chili powder
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– Big ‘ol pinch of sea salt
Step One: Cook the quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) on the stovetop according to directions. Then, let it cool to room temperature.
Step Two: While the quinoa is cooking, mix up your dressing (recipe above) and set aside.
Step Three: Add your cilantro, corn, beans, avocado, and tomatoes to the cooled quinoa. Then, toss with your dressing. Adjust the spices to your taste! Honestly, I hardly ever measure anything (terrible habit!), so sometimes I have to guesstimate how much of each spice I use! Feel free to make it spicier with more pepper flakes – and add a nice course grain sea salt at will! I used freshly toasted and ground cumin for this, which can be quite powerful and limey tasting. But if your salad tastes a wee bit flat, jazz it up with some freshly squeezed lime juice. That'll do the trick!
Do you like how my recipes are horribly vague?
“Oh yeah, just add a little of this and a little of that…and maybe a splash of that and a pinch of that…”
Really great instructions, Shaye. Nice job.
I suppose you could think of this wonderful recipe as more of an outline, as opposed to a detailed recipe. You are an individual, creative cook equipped with your own personal tastebuds and opinions. Use 'em! Create!
I love creating new things with food.
I love trying new foods.
I love playing with food.
I love eating food.
I. Love. Food.
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