Crispy Southwest Quinoa Salad Bowl



Crispy Southwest Quinoa Salad Bowl

Sometimes, the most satisfying meals come from a blend of flavors and textures that awaken your taste buds with each bite. The Crispy Southwest Quinoa Salad Bowl is a perfect example of a dish that tantalizes not just your palate, but your eyes too. This recipe is a harmonious medley of wholesome ingredients, coming together in a symphony of taste and color that celebrates the vibrant spirit of Southwest cuisine.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Drizzle this dressing over the quinoa mixture.
  4. Gently toss everything together to ensure the dressing coats the ingredients evenly.
  5. If using, sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over the top.
  6. Serve the salad immediately, or chill it in the refrigerator for an hour if you prefer it cold.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A delightful blend of quinoa, black beans, avocado, and more, dressed with zesty lime and cumin dressing.

Nutrition information: Calories: 320, Total Fat: 10g, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 12g

Imagine yourself sitting on a sun-drenched patio, enjoying the flavors of the Southwest in every forkful. Each bite of the Crispy Southwest Quinoa Salad Bowl transports you to a place where culinary artistry meets wholesome goodness. The quinoa provides a protein-rich base, while the black beans and corn bring a satisfying bite. The creamy avocado adds a luxurious touch, balancing the dish’s textures and flavors. The lime-cumin dressing ties it all together, infusing a burst of freshness that harmonizes with the earthiness of the ingredients.

Whether it’s a light lunch, a side dish, or a colorful addition to your dinner spread, this salad bowl is versatile and sure to please. Its vibrant colors are as inviting as its nutritional value, making it a staple not only in your recipe collection but also in your heart. Share this dish with friends and family, and let its story of flavors create lasting memories around your table.

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