Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Southwestern Vegetarian Quinoa

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  It was so nice to have a day off from work and enjoy the nice weather in the city.  It's also nice to only have a four day work week:)  

  Last week for dinner I made this Southwestern Style quinoa.  It's vegetarian and gluten free and you wont even miss meat or gluten from this dish.  Plus, I think I might like red quinoa better than the normal ivory quinoa that I used in my Chicken Curry Quinoa Salad.  It's a little more firm to the bite and the color is quite fun.  

Next on my list is black quinoa.  I'm thinking something orange to pair with it for a Halloween style salad.  

 Southwestern Vegetarian Quinoa
Serves 4

1 Cup Red Quinoa
2 - 3 Heirloom Tomatoes chopped (only because they were in season - otherwise another tomato would work) 
2 Ears of Corn - Remove corn from ear
1/4 Red Onion diced into 1/4" x 1/4" squares about
1 Can Black Beans - drained and rinsed
1 Avocado chopped
1 Jalepeno - seeds removed and diced small
1/2 Cup chopped Cilantro (optional)
2 Garlic Cloves - chopped
Olive Oil

Juice from 2 Limes
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Combine 1 cup red quinoa with 2 cups water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.  Saute corn, garlic, black beans and jalepeno with olive oil and salt/pepper over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.    Remove from heat and place in a large mixing bowl.  Add chopped tomatoes, onion, avocado, and cilantro.  Whisk dressing ingredients together.  Add quinoa and dressing to the vegetables and mix together.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.   


  1. This looks amazing! I love how you can do anything with quinoa its one of my favorite things to cook with! I experiment with it a lot in my own home and on my blog!

  2. mmm that looks so good! so healthy and filling! I must try this out! =)

  3. I love all of these flavours. Such a great dish!

  4. I love everything about this recipe! Southwestern, filled with veggies and quinoa. Can't go wrong with such great ingredients. Love the photo too! Thanks for sharing, I am now happily following your site =]

  5. Great way to use Quinoa. Good color and I bet it was super tasty.

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