Colorful Cumin Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has become a new staple in our house since recently trying it for the first time. By the way, in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced keen-wa.

There have to be hundreds of quinoa salad recipes where it’s mixed with a variety of ingredients. So far, we haven’t been disappointed. This salad is very similar to the Bell Pepper and Black Bean Couscous Salad that Hubby loves so much. The spices are a bit different, and we both really enjoyed this salad, especially the sweetness from the mango!

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Colorful Cumin Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/2 ripe but firm mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cumin, or more to taste
Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to package directions. You should end up with roughly 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

In a medium bowl, combine the warm cooked quinoa, mango, red bell pepper, black beans, avocado if using, scallions, and cilantro.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, cumin, and salt. Pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Refrigerate salad for at least 4 hours before serving for best flavor. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Healthy Food for Living

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6 Responses to “Roasted Zucchini”

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    newlywed — August 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    One of my favorites! You read my mind…I made a spread with my roasted zucchini yesterday.

    Another thing I like to do when roasting zucchini is to slice it very thin, and then it comes out almost like a chip. I have eaten entire zucchinis on my own that way!

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    Katie — August 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    yum, yum, yummmm! Love roasting vegetables! If you aren’t in the mood to turn on the over; use your same exact recipe and throw them on the grill… but cut them long ways at about a 1/2 inch thick! It’s been my favorite way to eat them this summer! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    katie
    katiescucina.blogspot.com

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — August 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I wish I had more squash, I would make this tonight!! I’ll do it another day, thanks!

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    kcconfections — August 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Just thought I’d stop back in and thank you for sharing this idea… I’d never thought of roasting my zucchini before. I made it last night for dinner using three medium zucchini and my kids ate every single bit of it. They LOVED it! So thank you for giving me a new way to get them eating fresh veggies.

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    Rach — August 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Oh this was so good, and I just love the so simple factor!!! Thanks for sharing!

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