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Southwestern Quinoa Salad Recipe

A Reader Recipe: Southwestern Quinoa Salad With Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Get your daily fiber fix with this Southwestern quinoa salad recipe from FitSugar reader For the Love of Fiber. She shared it with us in our Healthy Recipe Group in the Fit Community.

This salad takes quinoa to the next level, and has been known to turn quinoa haters into ambassadors.

Learn how to make this recipe after the break!

INGREDIENTS

* = good source of fiber
Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup dry quinoa *
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or filtered water
  • ¼ cup cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 cup black beans *
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed *
  • 1 tomato, diced *
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Celtic sea salt
  • 8 cups mixed greens

Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, no stems
  • ½ tbsp. raw (local, if possible) honey (if vegan, substitute with maple syrup or palm sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp. Celtic sea salt
  • 1 clove fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 ¼ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

PREP

1. In a saucepan, combine quinoa and vegetable broth/water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until quinoa softens and liquid evaporates — about 15 to 20 minutes.

2. While quinoa is cooking, prepare vinaigrette by placing lime juice, white wine vinegar, cilantro, honey, salt, garlic, and Dijon mustard into a blender and processing until smooth. While blender is running, add olive oil in a slow steady stream until blended and thickened, about 15 seconds.

3. Once quinoa has softened and liquid has evaporated, remove from heat, cool, and place in a large bowl.

4. Add remaining ingredients, except for mixed greens, and mix gently to combine.

5. Divide mixed greens evenly among four plates, top with quinoa mixture, drizzle with vinaigrette, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: ¼ of Recipe

  • Calories: 436
  • Total Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol:  0 mg
  • Sodium: 234 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 52 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 12 g

Yield: 4 servings | Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 15 min

For this and other fiberlicious recipes, visit www.fortheloveoffiber.com.

Check out the Healthy Recipe Group in our community for even more healthy ideas!

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