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Fiesta Salad with Citrus Dressing

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Found in: Lunch, Dinner, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Gluten free, Nut free

Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 20 minutes, Total time: 35 minutes
Serves: 
4

 

A hearty and perfectly simple dish to enjoy at your next summertime barbeque, or as a delicious addition to your weeknight dinner repertoire. Fresh citrus and warming spices are sure to have you coming back for another bowl!

Ingredients: 

For the salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 cups fresh greens (we used a spring mix blend, but feel free to substitute for whichever seasonal greens are available to you)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup corn
  • 8-10 dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper

Citrus Dressing:

  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper

Que Pasa Yellow Tortilla Chips and Mexicana Salsa (Medium), for serving.

Directions: 
  1. To cook quinoa, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 13-18 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl and put in the fridge to cool. Be sure not to add warm quinoa to the greens, or the salad will wilt.
  2. While the quinoa is cooling, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
  3. To serve, toss the quinoa and greens in half the salad dressing and then top with black beans, corn, onion, avocado, dates, and goat cheese. Pour the remaining dressing on salad and serve immediately. Enjoy with Que Pasa Tortilla Chips and Mexicana Salsa.

 

Fiesta Salad with Citrus Dressing | Que Pasa

Sara and Adam: Author Bio | Que Pasa Foods

Author Bio

Sara and Adam are a Vancouver-based recipe development and photography team. With a background in Holistic Nutrition and a love of good food, together they run The Forest and Fig, a curation of fresh, seasonal & plant-based dishes along with simple lifestyle & diet tips to encourage healthy living and vitality.