Monday, March 18, 2013

Southwest Quinoa Salad

It is some cold out there today but at least the sun is shining. You'd think I'd want to wrap myself up in some warm Winter soup but not this gal. Instead, with local greenhouse tomatoes hitting the market stalls this past weekend, I was craving some Summer flavour. Packed full or protein, fiber and a load of vits, this salad would be even better at the height of the summer when those local tomatoes and corn are fully in bloom.

Southwest Quinoa Salad


1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
pinch sea salt
1 1/2 lime, juiced
3 tsp chipotle puree (or more to crank up the heat)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/4 tbsp sesame oil
1 tomato, diced 
1 avocado, diced
1 cup corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed
4 green onions, diced
salt and pepper

Combine quinoa, salt and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover until water is absorbed, about 10 min. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steam til tender. Let cool. Combine with remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. And if you happen to have some cilantro, might as well throw that in too. Ole.