Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette

Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette

The first couple of times I tried quinoa, I thought it tasted like (felt like?) wet birdseed in my mouth! Seriously... I kid you not!  Okay, that was several years ago and I suppose I just wasn't in the right "place" for it, if you know what I mean.  Just like we tell our kids all the time, your tastes definitely change over time, and sometimes we actually start to seek out the things we used to avoid.  I desperately wanted to like it because it's crazy healthy for you, so over those years, I'd give it a try here and there when someone had a cool looking recipe that didn't look bland.

Recently, my daughter and I were at an early morning farmer's market where a local company was sampling out one of their quinoa recipes.  Another chance for me to have a free sample, no risk. They had a delicious southwest quinoa, but to my dismay, I heard myself (like from above) telling the salesperson "Maybe you could have added x or y or z?"  Oh my LORD!!!  😳  That's my Mama in me, y'all!  I mean, it was delicious, but I knew it could be better.  On another note, I  have some family members with some health concerns, so I'm trying to get some great tasting, healthy recipes together.  I'm hoping they will try this fantastic and healthy side dish!  *See Food Nerd Notes at bottom of post for information about quinoa.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 c kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 c black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 c purple onions, diced
  • 1 c roasted corn kernels
  • 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c green onion tops, chopped
  • 1/4 c cilantro, rough chopped
  • 1/4 c fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 c quinoa being rinsed in water
  • 1 1/2 c chicken stock (or vegetable stock or water)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Read the whole recipe on Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom