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Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing #SundaySupper

Mexican Quinoa Salad

I am happy to be back with #SundaySupper this week.  This is only my second time joining them, but it is such a supportive and great group to be a part of.  Today we are celebrating the 4th of July.  Seriously, check out all the amazing recipes at the end of this post.  I am really not sure how to pick what I am going to make on the 4th, there are just too many delicious options!

I am completely obsessed with avocado.  I put it on sandwiches, in salads, in pasta salads, eat it plain….you get the point.  I just realized that the last #SundaySupper post had avocado too :)   Anyway, when I saw this recipe for a quinoa with an avocado dressing I was one happy girl.  I have been trying so many different quinoa recipes lately, this just seemed like the perfect one to try next.

You could really change this up and put in whatever veggies you like.  I stuck with the more “Mexican” style veggies, if there is such a thing.  But really, anything you have on hand or is your favorite would work.  The avocado dressing is what really stands out in this to me.  It is so creamy, and buttery it just works well with the quinoa.   And a bonus of this salad?  It is great warm or cold.  Perfect for your 4th of July picnic or barbeque!

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing #SundaySupper
 
Serves: 6
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Quinoa Salad with corn, black beans, grape tomatoes, and zucchini, then topped with a creamy avocado dressing. Great warm or cold, so it is perfect for a picnic or barbeque
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1¼ cups Chicken Broth (or however much liquid your Quinoa calls for)
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 small zucchini, sauted
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
Creamy Avocado Dressing
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbls red wine vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbls olive oil

Instructions
  1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil, and cook quinoa as directed on package.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the veggies and seasonings for the salad. In a food processor, pulse together everything for the dressing, but the olive oil. You might need to scrape down the sides a couple times. Once smooth, slowly stream in the olive oil.
  3. Combine the cooked quinoa with the veggies, and then stir in the avocado dressing. Stir until well coated.
  4. Can be served warm or cold.

Notes
Adapted from Bake Your Day

 

 

Be sure to check out the other amazing dishes from the #SundaySupper team!

Main Dishes:

Salads and Sides:

Desserts:
Fabulous Pairings by Martin from ENOFYLZ

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Comments

  1. Ooooh pretty! You had me at Quinoa, but then you threw in the avocado dressing and I was completely sold! Happy SundaySupper!

  2. This has all my favorite ingredients. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Love that you used red qninoa. Love this dish!

  4. This looks so yummy and colorful! I think I will sub the chicken broth for veg and give my new vegetarian friends a happy treat at our cook out! :)

  5. What a great recipe for quinoa! Another reason for me to cook quinoa more. Good stuff.

  6. This looks great!! I’m trying a avacado a lot these days! This is a must try!! Thanks for sharing for #SundaySupper!

  7. that looks super yummy and seems pretty easy to make. a perfect dinner for a sumer night in cyprus!! :)

  8. This looks so good!! I love quinoa, but don’t cook with it nearly enough. This avocado dressing has me wanting to whip up a batch ASAP!

  9. I am also completely obsessed with avocado. And quinoa. Which means this dish is screaming my name!

  10. This is a super Sunday! What a great dish!! No if ands or butts! I’m making this this week!! Ohhh, I can’t wait!!!!!

  11. So I normally don’t like dressings, which makes it hard to eat salads when I go out. But this avocado dressing sounds wonderful. And I have a slight obsession with Quinoa. I bet this would make a perfect change to our packed lunches.

  12. I love quinoa salads and it’s the one “healthy” addition I’ve made to our diet that my husband doesn’t complain about!

  13. Wonderful salad. We also just had a salad with avocado dressing – yummy and healthy :-)

  14. Loving the bright colors of this dish!

  15. I love all the colors and textures in this beautiful and healthy salad!

  16. Looks like a fantastic healthy and cool salad!! I wish I could “blink” some of this right now for dinner. :)

  17. Hey Erin!

    I’m so excited to see that you used quinoa in your recipe. I’ve used it for years and am happy to see that it’s appearing in recipes among food bloggers. Avocado is a favorite of mine too, so it looks like I’ll be making this recipe! Cheers!

  18. I love quinoa together with avocado. Excellent salad, so colorful and delicious!

  19. Love this quinoa salad Erin! Just recently added quinoa to my favorite foods list, a bit late on the discovery I know.

  20. What an amazing dish! I’ve made a similar one but with a lemon vinaigrette but your avocado dressing is 10000x better!

  21. This is such a lovely and healthy salad Erin. I never thought of pairing quinoa with avocado. They seem to go well together!

  22. Love this salad Erin and am ‘so’ making this for dinner one night soon, thanks for sharing the recipe;-)

  23. I’m obsessed with avocado too and I’m always looking for new quinoa recipes. Thanks for this post!

  24. This looks so good and healthy – thanks for the great idea!

  25. I love quinoa. I’ll definitely be trying this one!

  26. I would love this dish since I do love all the ingredients! Thanks for the recipe and have a great week.

  27. What a great recipe using Quinoa!I love the avocado dressing and cannot wait to try it soon :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. This salad looks amazing. I love all of the ingredients you used. You have a beautiful site and your pictures are gorgeous.

  29. This sounds amazing! Love that creamy avocado dressing!

  30. Wow, so many Sunday Supper recipes! Not sure I will be able to visit each one, but will blog-hop to those that attract me (which is a LOT)! I, too, am starting to get obsessed with avocados! Sometimes I eat it straight up with dill! Surprisingly good and healthy – rich in folates!

  31. Quinoa’s fun to play around with and I love the ingredients you tossed in there. Creamy avocado dressing makes me swoon! Yum!

  32. Loving this Quinoa salad and the flavor profiles are making my mouth water! Delish!!

  33. Love this! I still haven’t tried quinoa, I’m very behind the times. But I know will like it and I know I will love this. That avocado dressing… yum!

  34. What a bright and flavorful salad! I can’t wait to try this dressing.

  35. Ooh I want this now! Looks awesome – I’ve pinned it to make soon :-)

  36. This sounds so good and healthy too! I love mexican anything, but make it healthy and I’m totally on board!

  37. This is perfect for my new obsession with quinoa. It looks great and is even better that you added avocado. You cannot go wrong with that.

  38. Oh yummy! Definitely going to keep this in mind for our next cookout =)

  39. What a seriously delicious salad! Hope you had a fantastic 4th!

  40. This Mexican Quinoa Salad looks so yummy & colorful. This is a great recipe for quinoa. I never thought of pairing quinoa with avocado. Thanks.

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