Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

You know what I love?  I love sunshine.  I love it when the sun shines into the evening.  I love getting home from work and taking a walk or jog in our neighborhood.  I love it that, after that walk or jog, that I can make dinner and still have some daylight to take pictures of it.

Paul doesn’t love that he has to wait to eat his dinner.  But  this kind of meal is worth the wait.  It’s one that won’t ruin your workout.  It’s one that is so quick to throw together.  It is creamy without any mayonnaise or sour cream added.  It’s full of Mexican flavors, which we all know are my favorite.  And it can be served warm or chilled, which makes it a perfect choice for summer cookouts.

Check out the recipe on Claire’s site, The Realistic Nutritionist.  She is in California enjoying some sunshine (and probably a glass of wine!)  And I’m thrilled to be posting for her.  Head on over and say hi!

 

50 Responses to “Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing”

  1. #
    katie — May 16, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    This sounds amazing–still haven’t cooked with quinoa yet. I think I’ll start with this recipe. Heading over to Claire’s website now!

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    Kim | At Home WIth Kim — May 17, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    This looks SO good! Just pinned it to make this weekend!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 17, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Yum! I’m heading over for the recipe!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 17, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I sooooo share your love of sunshine! Makes my day! (Especially when I get to crawl out of our basement offices at COR…which are less than sunny…..!)

    This looks sooo tasty! Love the quinoa and avocado!!

  5. #
    Peggy — May 17, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    This sounds awesome Cassie – heading over to Claire’s now to check it out =)

  6. #
    Lenore — May 17, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I love quinoa and avocado! Heading over for the recipe now 🙂

  7. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — May 17, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I love the longer hours of sunlight too! Your salad looks amazing!

  8. #
    Kelly — May 17, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Wow this salad looks incredible and so colorful, love your recipe! 🙂

  9. #
    Living The Sweet Life — May 17, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    This is my kind of salad!! I’ve started using quinoa a lot more in my cooking, and have never been disappointed. Ill be trying this for sure 🙂

  10. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 17, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Hope you guys enjoyed your time yesterday, too! 🙂

  11. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 17, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    saw this over on claire’s blog yesterday + it looked sooo good. yum!

  12. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 17, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    I’m trying to look for new quinoa recipes and this looks perfect!

  13. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 17, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    I saw this at Claire’s last night. It looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 17, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    I’ve made a similar mexican quinoa salad with a different kind of dressing, which I absolutely loved, but I most definitely have to try this avocado dressing! It looks incredible and oh-so-creamy. It’ll really help the quinoa soak up all the flavors.

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — May 17, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I make a big batch of quinoa black bean salad every week for my lunches…. you just took it up a notch with that avocado dressing!! YUMMM

  16. #
    sally @ sally's baking addiction — May 17, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    creamy avocado dressing……… that’s all i needed to hear. heading over to check it out. 🙂

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 17, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Sounds awesome! I wish I have some energy left before dinner to workout! I like the part that dinner doesn’t ruin your exercise… It’s so disappointing that you lose calorie and gain it back or extra more after you eat meals. Looks yum! Going to check out Claire’s site!

  18. #
    Zsofi — May 17, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    I have a big jar of quinoa I haven’t been inspired to touch. This looks like a GREAT use for it!

  19. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 17, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    I LOVE quinoa and I love that you gave it a mexican flare!

  20. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 17, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I love the longer days and the abundance of sunshine as well, spring and summer are my favorite seasons in part for that very reason!

  21. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 17, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Ohhh, this looks amazing!!!

  22. #
    Krissy's Creations — May 17, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    I love when the sun shines longer so i can take pictures more! haha, us bloggers :). This looks delicious Cassie!

  23. #
    luv what you do — May 17, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    This reminds me of the Whole Foods Southwestern Quinoa salad (but they use red quinoa) and I am super excited to have the recipe! It will be much cheaper : )

  24. #
    myfudo — May 18, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    High protein quinoa is getting popular more and more everyday. Recently I learned it is also GF, so a lot of my friends are hooked into quinoa. This would really be a great addition to my quinoa recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  25. #
    Joanne — May 18, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Totally agreed! I love the sun and spending time in it…and I love quinoa salads! That avocado dressing sounds especially delicious!

  26. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 18, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Fantastic couscous you made here, Cassie! I’m always looking for ways to jazz it up and this sounds perfect. Lovely springtime meal or side dish!

  27. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — May 18, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Will do, it looks divine!

  28. #
    sarah — May 18, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Oh I so love the long evenings! The sun isn’t setting until after 9:30 here! This recipe looks fantastic- heading over to check it out now!

  29. #
    Ramona — May 18, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I also love the long days of sunshine!! This looks like a lovely light a fresh meal. Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona

  30. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 18, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

    I’m torn…I love sunshine and longer days, but with them come the heat (for just a little longer!) It’s almost too warm to walk with the dog before the sun is setting, and he’s crazy in the house until then! I am ready for Ohio, and to share recipes like this one with family 🙂 Quinoa and avocado are absolute staples in my house these days…love this!

  31. #
    Liz — May 19, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    You sold me with the quinoa salad, but adding avocado dressing just made it more irresistible!!! YUM.

  32. #
    Aggie — May 20, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Sunshine and this dish BOTH make md very happy 🙂

  33. #
    Tracey — May 20, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Oh yum, I’m still learning to enjoy quinoa, but Mexican flavors will definitely go a long way toward making that happen 🙂

  34. #
    lindsay — May 20, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    i’d totally wait. Just pour me a glass first.
    YUM!

  35. #
    Jill — May 20, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    I haven’t tried quinoa yet. I know. I should. This recipe looks delicious, and I loooove anything Mexican I think this would be perfect for my first quinoa taste. Thanks for sharing!

  36. #
    Deborah — May 21, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Avocado dressing? I have to check this one out!!

  37. #
    Stephanie — September 28, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    This is delicious! I made it for my parents and boyfriend… they fought over who got to bring home the most leftovers! This is a keeper, thank you

  38. #
    Lisa — November 26, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Made it last night for dinner. Relish. I omitted the olive oil and used the liquid from my black beans instead. Soooo yummy. I will be making this again soon. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Cassie replied: — November 27th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂

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