I have a new recipe for you all today: Mexican vegan quinoa salad. It’s inspired by the tacos we had over the weekend and the leftovers I wanted to use up!
I love grain salads – they’re versatile, tasty, and filling. And they’re especially great for when you want to use up the leftover grains in your pantry, like quinoa, bulgur, or barley. A perfect lunch that you can make ahead of time!
This came out even better than I hoped. Perfect for warm weather, and super quick and easy to make. Just like all my recipes. 😉
All you’re missing is a margarita!
Mexican Vegan Quinoa Salad
To make this recipe, you’ll need:
- vegetable broth (low sodium if possible)
- canned black beans
- bell pepper
- chili powder
- cilantro (optional)
Start by combining the quinoa, water, and vegetable broth in a pot.
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook 10 to 12 minutes (until all liquid is absorbed).
While quinoa is cooling, chop up all other ingredients. Then, combine everything in a large bowl and mix well. That’s it!
I told you I like to keep it simple. 😉 This is a great recipe to make a big batch of and enjoy leftovers for lunch during the week.
If you want to add meat, this recipe would taste great with shrimp, chicken, or a mild white fish. You can’t go wrong with tofu, either!
The full vegan quinoa salad recipe is below. Enjoy!
- 1 cup (uncooked) quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vegetable broth (low sodium if possible)
- 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 very ripe avocado, chopped
- 1 small pepper (any color), diced
- 1 cup salsa (or 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes)
- 1 teaspoon each of: cumin & chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
- Combine quinoa, water, and vegetable broth in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook 10 to 12 minutes (until all liquid is absorbed).
- Let quinoa cool, then combine in a large bowl with all other ingredients.
I had a bowl of it yesterday for lunch. Delicious!
Let me know how you like it. 🙂
What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?
Looking for more quinoa recipe inspiration? Here are some of my favorite ways to use quinoa: