southwestern quinoa salad
I have a new favorite quinoa recipe. This southwestern quinoa salad now stands right at the top of the list along with the spinach feta quinoa that I fell head over heals in love with earlier this year. This one’s got some of my favorite ingredients and flavors: black beans, fresh veggies, some southwestern chili spice, and (my favorite) delectable, creamy avocado. Oh, and of course the wonderful nutty and nutritious quinoa with its fun, slightly crunchy bite.
If the ingredients alone aren’t enough to have you running to get your keys to go to the store, consider how easy and healthy this dish is. In fact, we first made this the morning we were heading up to Vermont for the day. As much as Joseph and I love eating out, we’re pretty frugal and besides, we had to save our money to stock up on cheese, maple syrup, and our favorite Vermont pepperoni. We hadn’t thought ahead and planned on making anything, but when I woke up the morning of our day trip, I figured, hey, that recipe looked pretty simple, I bet we could make it quickly before heading out.
And as usual (ha, if only) I was right , and we packed up the cooler and headed out. Our first stop was the King Arthur Flour store, but we were just too hungry to look at all their delicious wares, so we sat down at one of their lovely new outdoor tables to enjoy our lunch. And I fell in love after one bite, as simple as that.
I wasn’t entirely sure if the excitement of being outside one of my favorite food related stores and just a short distance away from tasting maple syrup and a variety of cheeses was influencing my take on the quinoa. I had to try it again to be sure, so Joseph and I made it again for dinner the other night and I knew for sure it was true love. It’s perfect for a picnic or cookout, for lunch, or for any quick and delicious meal.