Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad


This healthy, filling salad is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish. It is full of nutritious ingredients and has a zesty dressing which really brings the flavours together. The quinoa provides a good source of protein, making it a great option for vegetarians and vegans. This salad can be easily adapted to suit your own taste, so feel free to experiment with the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, black beans, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and black pepper.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many ways you can adapt this recipe to suit your own taste. Try adding some chopped avocado or grilled corn. You could also swap the black beans for kidney beans or pinto beans. For a bit of extra spice, add some more chili powder or diced jalapeño peppers. If you don’t like cilantro, you could use parsley or mint instead.

What other food it works well with

This salad goes well with just about anything. Try serving it with some grilled chicken or fish, or as a side dish with a Mexican-inspired meal.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is to overcook the quinoa. This will result in a mushy salad, so be sure to follow the package instructions carefully. Another mistake is to not taste the salad before serving, and then being disappointed with the flavour. Be sure to season the salad to your taste before serving.

Nutritional Information

This salad is packed full of nutrients. The quinoa provides a good source of protein, the black beans are high in fibre, and the red pepper is a good source of vitamin C. The lime juice adds a good dose of vitamin C, and the cumin and chili powder provide a range of health benefits including improved digestion and circulation.

Allergens

This recipe is free from common allergens.


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