Last week I made a Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Tomatoes. Josh absolutely loved the salad. He can’t stop talking about it. He has been bugging me for a week to post the recipe. He said everyone needs this recipe! So hopefully you will enjoy this salad as much as he did:) This healthy salad is easy to make and is great as a main dish or side dish.
If you haven’t tried quinoa, what are you waiting for? Quinoa is actually a seed that is high in protein and gluten free. It has a slightly nutty flavor and a nice crunchy texture. We used black quinoa for this salad, but any quinoa will do if you can’t find the black variety. (We found black quiona at Whole Foods).
I added all of my favorite flavors to this salad: mango, avocado, tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro.
I whisked together a simple dressing of fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a hint of cumin and combined everything in a large bowl.
I love the contrast of colors in this salad. The mango, avocado, and tomatoes really “pop” against the black quinoa. You can serve this salad at room temperature or chilled. We had some salad leftover and enjoyed it the next day and it held up nicely.
If you are looking for a new salad to try, make this Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Tomatoes. I love making it for parties because it is vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan. Everyone can enjoy this tasty salad!
Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes
- 1 cup uncooked black quinoa or regular quinoa
- 2 cups water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 large mango diced
- 2 large tomatoes diced
- 3 green onions sliced
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- 2 medium avocados diced
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, using a strainer, rinse the black quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let cool quinoa cool to room temperature.
- In a large bowl, combine quinoa, mango, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and avocados. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, and cumin. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and gently stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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